HCGS June Meeting - Documenting Doughboys: Sources for WWI Service Members at the National Archives
The Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way,Columbia, MD 21044 (Behind Harper's Choice Villge Cntr)
In 1973 a fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO, destroyed most of the Army service records for the years that included service in World War I. Despite the destruction of those records, there are alternative records that can provide information about service during the Great War. Many of these records are held at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). This lecture describes many of those records and may help you find the information you want on your World War I service member.
The speaker will be Constance Potter. She retired after 30 years at the National Archives as a subject area expert in federal records of interest to genealogists. She is developing the website "Documenting Doughboys" for the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission.