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GeneaSpy is an avid genealogist who attends national, regional, and local genealogical conferences, to learn about genealogy.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

World War I Gold Star Database at the Alabama Department of Archives and History

 The Alabama Department of Archives and History is the mecca for historical information and original documents in Alabama. There is such a wealth of information that I will be posting more deep links in the future. For now, I want to tell you about the World War I Gold Star Database found online there.

 The Gold Star files are a collection of biographical data collected from the family of deceased World War I soldiers from Alabama or who had been awarded distinguished service recognition. The original files were created during the 1920's by the ADAH. Today, they have been digitalized and are online at the ADAH website.

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Photo by the GeneaSpy

 They have a great search page which you can enter a lot of different information. Besides the popular surname search field, there is a county search field which I find very useful for finding friends or other family members that lived near your person of interest. After you find a person of interest to you, hopefully that person has a link to the right that will take you to a letter, picture, or if your lucky, a bioform (sometimes under "other info") which is a form that was filled out by a family member.

 As I browsed different names and clicked on them, I found one that struck my eye - Michael Assad Zataney of Jefferson County. I clicked on the "Other Info" and found someone filled out the "Biographical Memoranda". It is quite interesting and I will let you explore it for yourself. So, even if you didn't have any relatives that died in WWI, you might have a chance to find a friend or neighbor to your ancestor. 

 Happy hunting!

Sources:  http://archives.state.al.us/ 


  1. Cool idea for a blog! Hey, am I your first commenter? Good luck!

  2. Yes, you are the first! Thanks, Heather!

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  5. Hello. I am visiting via facebook and GeneaBloggers. Glad I came by. I love visiting archives. A day at an archive, digging out family data, is a day well spent. Good luck with your blog. Many you have many happy discoveries & many interesting posts.

    1. Colleen, yes, archives are the best! More and more archives are digitizing their records, but the vast amount of records are still in the vaults. A visit to an archive is a must for any serious researcher. Thank you for your comments!

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