Genealogy: World War I 1917-1919, Search the cemetery for information

SoldierBy Barry J. Ewell
Finding graves of your ancestors from the World War I era is easier than you might think. The following are few resources.

Department of Veterans Affairs National Gravesite Locator. Search for burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker using the Gravesite Locator.

WWI HeadstoneArlington National Cemetery provides information on service members buried there.

ArlingtonThe American Battle Monuments Commission provides information on service members buried in overseas cemeteries.

WWI CemeteryYou can search U.S. Headstone Applications for Military Veterans 1925-1963 on

For additional information, see the articles:

Check out these books about deceased soldiers and where they can be accessed:

  • Book, “Pilgrimage for the Mothers and Widows of Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines of the American Forces Now Interred in the Cemeteries of Europe,” lists the widow’s, or mothers name, relationship, name of deceased, rank, organization and cemetery arranged by state and county. Can be found on LDS Family History microfilm (FHL book 973 M23uw), Worldcat (See if you can find a copy in a library near you), and
  • Book, “Soldiers of the Great War,” lists all the soldiers who died (e.g, name residence, rank, and cause of death. May include photographs.  Can be found on LDS Family History microfilm (FHL book 973 M23s; fiche 6051244.)
  • Book, ” Officers and Enlisted Men of the United States Navy Who Lost Their Lives during the World War, from April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918,” lists the sailor’s name, rank, date and place of death, cause of death and name of next of kin. Can be found on LDS Family History microfilm (FHL 973 M23u; film 1415261 item 7)