Source Information

Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, WWI Veterans Service and Compensation Files, 1917-1919, 1934-1948 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
Original data: World War I Veterans Service and Compensation File, 1934–1948. RG 19, Series 19.91. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg Pennsylvania.

About Pennsylvania, WWI Veterans Service and Compensation Files, 1917-1919, 1934-1948

This collection consists of folders containing service statement cards, compensation applications, and war service record survey questionnaires filled out by World War I veterans for the Pennsylvania War History Commission. Forms can contain a wide variety of details, from next of kin to a record of military service.

What You Can Find in the Records

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission describes these records as follows:

Service Statement Cards. Entries may show the name, rank, serial number, race, birthplace, age (and sometimes date of birth), and residence of the veteran; the military organization or unit to which he was attached; the dates of assignments and transfers; the engagements served in; the date of any wounds received; and the dates of overseas service and discharge.

Compensation Applications. Entries normally provide such information as the name, rank, serial number, race, date and place of birth, legal residence at time of application and enlistment, places and dates where enrolled and discharged, and the period of service. Data concerning engagements involved in, wounds suffered, dates of service overseas, and the names and addresses of dependents are also included. The documents are signed and dated by the applicant.

War Service Records of Soldiers, Sailors and Marines consist of survey questionnaires filled out by World War I veterans in 1920 for the Pennsylvania War History Commission. Normally the questionnaire gives the name; postal address and county of residence; age at entry into service; date of entry into service; and the military unit, regiment, and company to which attached. Information about the veteran's next of kin, their address, and relationship and particulars regarding dates and places of residence since the beginning of service are also provided.