A Quick Start to Researching Your WWII Ancestors in the Grosvenor Room

  • Search the military collection in Ancestry Library Edition.  World War II databases include but are not limited to:
    • U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946—Includes over 8 million names, but it is not a complete list of Army enlistees.  Details often given are name, residence, date and place of enlistment, year and place of birth, race, citizenship, height, weight, marital status, Army branch and grade.
    • U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949—Will likely give name, military occupation/specialty, enlistment date, service number,  name of ship/station/activity, ship number, date of muster roll.
    • U.S. WWII Draft Registration Cards, 1942— This is known as the “Old Man’s Registration” and included men born between 28 April 1877 and 16 February 1897.
      • May list the soldier’s name, age, birth date and place, residence, employment information, closest family member or acquaintance, and physical description.


  •  Search: Names of Buffalo and Western N.Y. Residents Who Gave Their Lives in the Service in World War II—GRO Ref *AY67 .B9 N4 1947—gives name, residence, rank.

Click here for more WWII military sources in the Grosvenor Room.

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