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Help (information) needed
I've been reading big_brian_o's latest story, GONE. It has gotten me thinking about my grandfather, who served in some war in the very early 1900's (in France?), was awarded a Croix de Guerre, suffered tremendous PTSD from his experiences (although they didn't call it that then), and who died when I was 5. It has made me want to find out more about his life, and what he went through or experienced.

Not too long ago, I remember stumbling across... an e-mail? a post?... that had a website where you could punch in someone's name (more info needed if it was a common name) and find out where they lived, who they lived with, and information like birth date/death date etc.

I'm trying to find out more information about my grandfather. Long story short - very stubby family tree, and his son (my father) can't remember dates very well any more, so he can't tell me exactly when he died.

Can anyone help me with the link? Or any advice on where to go online to try to find this? Census records? Death records?

Thanks in advance!
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connorblond From: connorblond Date: November 26th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are two possibilities. You can either go to the Mormon-website. I'm not really fond of those guys but they have tons of information about people stored. Really. And for free.
Or you can try the Red Cross. They have a lot of information too.
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: November 26th, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ohh! That's a YUMMY icon! And thanks for the info... I'll try them out!
mi_nion From: mi_nion Date: November 26th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are lots of Veteran sites you could check as well. Also if you know where he was born, you could try writing to the county archives of that particular state.
gaedhal From: gaedhal Date: November 27th, 2006 04:54 am (UTC) (Link)
If he was a World War I vet (circa 1918), then there
will be records. Social Security came in during the
1930's and they must have records. If he went overseas
to France during the war, then there should be a trail
of some sort. Finding out about people in the 20th
century is much easier than the 19th century because
so many more records were kept, but you'll need names
and whatever dates you have, even if it's only the
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