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I have an Aunt that was in WWII as a nurse, I have been thinking strongly of
looking for her militery records and/or Red Cross record which ever it might
be as I don't rightly remember anyone speaking of whom she was nursing for
other than in the service of the US Services. On second thought she was
buried just recently in the Phoenix, AZ Natl. Cemetrery on Cave Creek Rd so
that means the US Armed services and probably the Army.
Anyway, on the subject, the following info came in and thought maybe there
are those out there that would like to have this information. I know it says
WWI but still there are needs for that info also. Good Hunting.......Beej
November 14, 2002
F A M I L Y T R E E M A G A Z I N E E M A I L U P D A T E
Essential news and tips for family historians.
NOW WHAT? ONLINE: RAIDING RECORDS WWI
Q: I am looking for service records for Phoebe Lou Parsons, a Red Cross US
Army Nurse during World War I, who served in base hospitals. Where can I find
these records? I have tried NARA with no luck.
A. Many records relating to individual war service from World War I are at
the National Personnel Records Center
(NPRC) in St. Louis, Mo. You can access information about the NPRC via the
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Web site at http://www.archives.gov
as this is a National Archives facility. Not all records survived a fire at
NPRC in 1973. Plus, the records genealogists are accustomed to using for
earlier wars aren't as abundant for 20th-century wars. Published histories
about WWI nurses and women in the military are helpful resources, as well.
Your inquiry didn't mention which NARA facility you checked or with whom you
spoke, but NARA does have many records related to World War I nurses. It will
be important for you to determine if the person was actually in the Army or
was a Red Cross nurse. You also need to know at what hospital(s) she served.
NARA stores some records of military individuals in the hospitalrecords, but
they are organized by hospital and aren't indexed by individual names. You
might also do some reading in the helpful guide "American Women and the U.S.
Armed Forces: A Guide to the Records of Military Agencies in the National
Archives Relating to American Women" (National Archives Trust Fund Board).
for more about this guide. Once you find some records of interest, you should
contact NARA to determine where the records are actually housed.
Many states also have records related to those who served in the military
during the World War I era. Check the state archives. For a step-by-step
guide through the National Archives, see the October 2002 Family Tree
--Paula Stuart Warren
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This was so funny that I just had to share it with you all. So who's
speeding? Ancestry.com puts in a few choice news articles from old
newspapers in their dailey and digest newsletters. This is one of their more
Ancestry Weekly Digest, 9 November 2002
(Copyright 1998-2002, MyFamily.com Inc. and its subsidiaries.),
and cite the "Ancestry Daily News" (http://www.ancestry.com/dailynews) as
CLIPPING OF THE WEEK
>From "The Washington Post," 4 November 1904, page 6:
New York automobilists propose to make a stiff fight against the law
placing the speed limit at twenty miles an hour. If they cannot go
faster than that, half of the pedestrians marked for slaughter may
This is the Celia that wrote about the fiddle player I just sent you. Went
into her URL at the very last and this is an interesting lady. Bass Player?
Celia Millington-Wyckoff, M.A.
Instructional Materials Designer
Department of Distance Education/The World Campus
Penn State University
210 Rider II Building
University Park, PA
This was sent to me by a dear, dear list mom. Hope everyone enjoys this as
much as I have this day.
This is a neat site in that it covers the US of A with its states plus the
townships for each county plus some have a census index to look thru.
<A HREF="http://www.skpub.com/genie/index.html">S-K Publications Census
Books & CDs</A>
This would be a HOOT to find any of our emmigrants to be of the Gypsy Clan!!!
Are we all so set in our minds that all ancestors lived in stationery houses
with roofs, did no longdistance traveling, were of the ilk that was born,
lived, married, raised children and died in the same town, house even to
their ancestors? My sister has always said the way our grandparents moved
about they had the itchy feet of the Gypsy Clans. Even tho my ancestors
moved quite frequently they (as far as I know)
worked jobs, paid taxes, had their own businesses, some farmed for a living.
So I am not sure that they would quailfy for being a Gypsy even tho one of my
surnames is on the list of Gypsy Families. It is something to think about.
<A HREF="http://website.lineone.net/~rtfhs/gypsy.html">Was Your Ancestor a