Throughout history, millions of courageous men and women have served and protected their country in times of conflict. Were your ancestors among them? It’s never been easier to find out on Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online collection of family history resources, including millions of military records spanning from before the Revolutionary War all the way up to Vietnam.
The United States was initially determined to remain neutral as war erupted across Europe. However, pressure mounted as German U-boats attacked and sank ships carrying U.S. citizens and then attempted to persuade Mexico to attack the United States. On April 6, 1917, the U.S. joined WWI and soon held the first of three draft registrations in which more than 24 million U.S. men would register for the draft.
The United States had more than 4.7 million service members serving worldwide during WWI. More than 50,000 American lives were lost during battle, with some 200,000 non-mortal woundings.
Ancestry.com boasts not only its large collection of WWI military records, but is also the only website with a complete index and image collection of more than 24 million WWI draft registration cards. Spanning from 1914 to roughly 1930, the WWI Collection includes more than 40 million names from all existing U.S. states.
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Draft registration cards for more than 24 million men who registered for the WWI draft in 1917 and 1918.
More than 10,000 names of widows and mothers entitled to make the U.S. government sponsored pilgrimage to visit their loved one's grave in Europe.
Names of more than 135,000 casualties from World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.