Texas, World War I Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Texas, United States
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Record Description
Record Type World War I
Collection years 1917-1920
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What is in the Collection?

This collection includes indexes and images of military service related records (statement of service cards and applications for victory medal cards) for World War I acquired from the Texas Military Forces Museum in Austin. The collection covers the years 1917 to 1920.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas, World War I Records, 1917-1920.

Collection Content

Sample Images

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

These records may contain any of the following information:

  • Name
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Names of family members
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Marital status
  • Physical description
  • Residence

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate date of birth.
  • The place where your ancestor was born.
  • The names of family members and their relationships.


Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination.


View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the appropriate "Branch of Service"
⇒ Select the appropriate "Status"
⇒ Select the appropriate "Name Range" 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.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s military record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use these records to learn the date and place of birth. The information could also be used to search for a birth record and for information on parents and siblings. This is the best source of birth information for men born in states where birth registration began late.
  • Use the names of spouse, dependents, and residence to look for additional records about the registrant and his family such as census, church, and land records .

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties and states.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.  

Collection citation:

“Texas, World War I Records, 1917-1920.” Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Texas Military Forces Museum, Austin.


Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Texas, World War I Records, 1917-1920.

Image citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas, World War I Records, 1917-1920.


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