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Collection Time Period

The enlistments took place between the years 1937 and 1952. However, they include individuals born as early as 1880.

Record Description

These are records of individuals who served in the Army National Guard. They were acquired from the Washington State Archives in Olympia, Washington. The records are arranged in alphabetical order and are generally typed on preprinted forms.

The following types of records are included:

  • Enlistment
  • Service and discharge
  • Service and qualification

Record Content

The records contain the following details:

  • Name
  • Birth date and place
  • Residence
  • Occupation
  • Race
  • Marital status
  • Citizenship
  • Physical description
  • Education
  • Medical information
  • Enlistment date and place
  • Discharge date, place, and reason
  • Military rank or grade
  • Name, relationship, and address of person to notify in case of emergency

How to Use the Record

To begin your search you will need to know the following:

  • Full name
  • Approximate dates of service

Search the Collection

To search the collection:
⇒Select "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, File or Box Number, Date Range" link
⇒Select the appropriate name range link which takes you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. This information will often lead you to other records. For example:

  • Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records.
  • Use the birth date or along with the residence or place of birth to locate church, and land records.
  • The person to notify in case of emergency is usually a close relative such as a parent or spouse.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Compile the entries for other individuals who have the same surname. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been also belonged to the National Guard.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • If you are having difficulty finding your ancestor, look for variations in the spelling of the name. Military personnel were required to use their first given name and surname. If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for their given name.

General Information About These Records

The National Guard, the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States and one of the nation's longest-enduring institutions. The National Guard traces its history back to the earliest English colonies in North America. Responsible for their own defense, the colonists drew on English military tradition and organized their able-bodied male citizens into militias.

In 1903, important national defense legislation increased the role of the National Guard (as the militia was now called) as a Reserve force for the U.S. Army.

The records are designed to track and preserve the service of the individual guardsmen and to determine eligibility for post-service benefits. These records are very reliable.

Related Websites

Records of the National Guard Bureau

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Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

“Washington, Army National Guard Records, 1880-1937.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2014. Washington State Archives, Olympia, Washington.

 

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