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World War I 83rd Division Personal Information Cards Index

Source: Ohio Genealogical Society Library, Mansfield, Ohio

During World War I, Ohio’s 83rd Division, while serving in France, collected 62,916 personal information cards from the soldiers assigned to this division. This collection of cards contains a wealth of information on each individual soldier including birth, marriage, residence, military assignments, military schools, military awards, etc.

This collection is a great substitute for the lost military service records of World War I. A 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center outside of St. Louis, Missouri, destroyed 80% of the Army’s military service records dated between 1 November 1912 and 1 January 1960.

This database is an index to the actual collection of cards stored at the OGS Library. The library staff will respond to queries pertaining to this collection. The standard library copy service, which includes the research and return postage, is $5.

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