A Quick Start to Researching Your World War I Ancestors

  • Search the following in Ancestry Library Edition:
    • World War I Draft Registration Cards—May provide birth date and place, nearest relative, dependents, father’s place of birth, physical description, marital status, occupation and employer.
      • The Grosvenor Room also carries draft records for Buffalo and Erie County on microfilm.
    • U.S. World War I Mothers’ Pilgrimage, 1930— This is a list of mothers and widows of soldiers killed in World War I who were eligible to travel to their loved one’s final resting place in Europe; a trip which was paid for by the U.S. government.  It gives the name of the widow or mother, city and state of residence, and relationship to the deceased;  soldier’s name, rank, unit, and cemetery.


  • Search in History of Buffalo and Erie County 1914-1919—Buffalo *F129 .B8 S97
    • Includes Buffalo and Erie County rosters of soldiers killed in the war, volunteer chaplains, soldier rosters, Buffalolnians in the Polish Army, Red Cross leaders and nurses, Buffalo military doctors, Volunteer Medical Service Corps members (women), as well as other local citizens involved with WWI.  Soldier data may include rank and regiment.

For more resources, click here to see our military research guides. 

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