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World War I Census Records

The 1920 Census did not ask any questions specific to military service. However, the 1930 and 1940 U.S. Federal Censuses did ask questions about veterans that may indicate service in WWI.

1930 U.S. Federal Census

The 1930 Federal Census (NARA T626), asked if a person was "A veteran of the U.S. military or naval forces mobilized for any war or expedition" and "What war or expedition" they served in.

1940 U.S. Federal Census

The 1940 Federal Census, asked "Is this person a veteran of the United States military forces or the wife, widow, or under 18-year-old child of a veteran?" and "If child, is veteran-father dead?" and "War or Military" served in. These were only asked of a random sampling of individuals who were recorded on certain lines of the census, which covered about five percent of the population.

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