“A Day in the First World War: Researching Your Ancestor”
Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA
Researching a World War I serviceman is not like what we are used to as military research in the late 1700s or 1800s. The purpose of these four lectures is to provide various ways and means to get around the immense record loss of the 1973 fire in the National Personnel Records Center. Millions of pieces of paper were created by the war, but unless you learn how to find them and then evaluate them properly, you might find very little.
Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA, is the author of The ‘Lost Pensions’: Settled Accounts of the Act of 6 April 1838 (Revised) and Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury, Inventory 14 (Revised). He has authored seventeen books and several articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Family Chronicle, and other genealogical publications. He is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 5,300 titles in print. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than thirty years, he specializes in the records of the National Archives. He is a member of the Company of Military Historians on the editorial board of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and is a Director of the Association of Professional Genealogists. A faculty member for several years of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and recently the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh. He is the coordinator for the 3rd Annual Heritage Books Genealogical Conference and Cruise. He was awarded the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr. Award in 2008 and UGA Silver Tray Award in 2009. He became a Fellow, Utah Genealogical Association in 2014.
- Session 1: “Before the War”: Examines the sources for service from the existing Regular Army, the National Guard and the draft and how the units were formed.
- Session 2: “The Table of Organization”: Examines the organizational structure of the American Expeditionary Force at the division level.
- Session 3: “Locating the Service of an Individual”: Places units on the ground in both Europe and the U.S. Examines transport to the theater of operations, graves registration and the order of battle.
- Session 4: “Post-War Activities”: Examines what occurred after the war to most servicemen and what records were created.