Utah, World War I Newspaper Clippings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.


Record Description

The collection consists of images of newspaper clippings of Utah and Intermountain men who served in World War I. The book was created by the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, Camp M, of Weber County. The material was collected from newspapers during the War and added to the scrapbook between 1919-1920. The original is located at Weber State University.

Record Content

The newspaper articles may contain any of the following information:

  • Names
  • Birth dates and places
  • Death or burial dates and places
  • Marriage dates and places
  • Names of parents, siblings, or other family members
  • Military rank or unit
  • Dates of military service
  • Residences
  • Occupations
  • Details about military service

How to Use the Record

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

  • The soldier’s name
  • Other identifying information such as birth date or service dates

Search the Collection

To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select "Newspaper Clippings" which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one 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. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:

  • Use the birth date and place to obtain a copy of the soldier's birth record.
  • Use the marriage date and place to obtain a copy of the soldier's marriage record.
  • Use the names and places to search for federal census, church, land and probate records.
  • Use the name, rank and service dates to obtain a copy of the soldier's military files from the federal government.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives who may also be in the scrapbook. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • 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 unable to find your ancestor check for variant spellings of the surnames. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.

Related Websites

Weber State University

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Citations for 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:

“Utah, World War I Newspaper Clippings, 1917-1918.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, Camp M, of Weber County, Ogden, Utah.

Image Citation:

The image citation will be available once the collection is published.