John Walter Holbrook
The Research Center will be closed Monday, November 12, 2012 in honor of Veterans Day. It will open again at the usual time of 9 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.
Did you know the Utah State Archives has many resources on military service records? Check out these Research Guides:
The U.S. National Archives also have a lot of information on records generated by all the military branches, including how to obtain individual service records.
In the immediate aftermath of World War II, the Department of War and the Department of the Navy both published national lists of casualties for the U.S. Army and Army Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. The intent was to disseminate the information to the general public in a timely manner, for the benefit of next of kin, and even with an eye towards the needs of veterans and patriotic organizations, who would–to quote the War Department–”find these lists of value in establishing or checking honor rolls in their communities.” The original publications are part of the large holdings of modern military records located at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland, but they have also been scanned and can be viewed in digital form[.] (blogs.archives.gov/online-public-access/?p=4553)
PDF copies of the lists from Utah are now linked from the Utah Military Records: Wars and Conflicts Research Guide. This information is often requested at the Research Center so we are glad to know of one good source.
The Indian War Service Affidavits from the Commissioner of Indian War Records is now online. In 1909 the legislature passed a law creating a Board of Commissioners of Indian War Records. Their duties were to ascertain the names of the persons who were members of any organization performing military duties during Indian wars or expeditions against the Indians during territorial years. Veterans completed affidavits of service; two witnesses also completed affidavits supporting the facts. The affidavits were then filed in the office of the chairman of the board, the Adjutant General of the State.
The soldier’s affidavit consists of a preprinted form with blanks for the name of the county in which he was making his oath, the individual’s name, his residence, length of residence, age, date of enrollment, type of company (infantry, cavalry, etc.), his captain, residence at the time, age at the time, length of service, transfer dates and type of company served in following transfer with its captain’s name up to the final organization served with, and date of release. Then there is space for the description of duties and engagements participated in while in each company. The witnesses are named and an oath taken that the information provided was accurate. If the soldier was deceased, the widow or a child could complete a similar affidavit. The accompanying two witness affidavits reiterated the information with an oath that in the belief of the witnesses, the service rendered by the soldier was “honest and faithful.”
FamilySearch created digital images from the original paper records and Utah State Archives staff Rod Swaner matched the images to an existing name index.
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