United States, Casualties of Army Personnel, Dependents and Civilian Employees (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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United States Casualties of Army Personnel, Dependents and Civilian Employees, 1961-1981 .
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|Record Group||RG 407: Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-|
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What is in the Collection?
This collection contains a name file to casualty information about Army personnel and their dependents who died or were injured worldwide. The records are from Record Group 407: Records of the Adjutant General's Office. Also known as the U.S. Army. Casualty Information System, 1/1/1961-12/1981 This collection has 293,858 records. The file was acquired from the National Archives, "Access to Archival Databases" (AAD).
Information found in this collection may include:
- Age or birth date
- Home state and city of record (if known)
- Date of casualty
- Category of casualty
- Category of personnel
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor.
- The birth date of your ancestor.
- The home state where your ancestor lived.
- The names 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. 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.
- If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
- Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.
What Do I Do Next?
When you have located your ancestor in the list of casualties, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
- Use the birth date or age of your ancestor to obtain a birth certificate.
- The country and town of residence could lead you to funeral, memorial service or burial information.
I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
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.
- "United States, Casualties of Army Personnel, Dependents and Civilian Employees, 1961-1981." Database . FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA NAID 641697. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
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