1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 4, 2019 1:49 PM by Lisha Penn

    Seeking WWI Records of Ancel E Taylor

    James Condit Newbie

      Ancel is my step grandfather. I have some artifacts from his service during WW1 and I want to share his history with other veterans during a thank you to our veterans and active military personnel at our veteran's breakfast.

        • Re: Seeking WWI Records of Ancel E Taylor
          Lisha Penn Navigator

          Dear Mr. Condit,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and prior to 1955 are in the custody of NARA’s National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA’s National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002.

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series titled Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 in the Records of the Selective Service System (World War I) (Record Group 163) that are in the custody of the National Archives at Atlanta (RE-AT). For access to these records, please contact RE-AT via email at atlanta.archives@nara.gov.

           

          Selective Service records for individuals who served after World War I and born before 1960 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL), P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138-0757. There are two types of records: the ledgers and the cards.  The ledgers are in the public domain and not restricted by privacy.  The cards are considered personal information and written permission for release, a death certificate, and/or an indication that the information is requested for genealogical purposes should accompany the request for copies of the cards. Please complete Form NA-13172 to request a search of these records.

           

          On Ancestry, we located All World War I & II Draft Cards for a Ancel E. Taylor for you to review. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, you may view these records online at one NARA's facilities for free via a NARA PC. For the nearest NARA location, please consult our web page at https://www.archives.gov/locations/. Also, some of the images from Ancestry are available for free on Family Search at https://www.familysearch.org/en/.

           

          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!

           

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