New FamilySearch Indexing Project: World War I Service Cards

FamilySearch volunteers will soon begin indexing the North Carolina World War I Service Cards, which are part of the collections of the State Archives of North Carolina. The State Archives in partnership with FamilySearch would like to invite North Carolinians and those with connections to North Carolina to take part in the creation of this valuable resource. The cards include military service information for officers, enlisted men, and nurses in the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps who served during World War I. These cards were prepared after the war by the United States War Department for use by the North Carolina Adjutant General. Later, copies of the cards were sent to the National Military Personnel Records Center in Saint Louis to assist the records center in reconstructing its files after the 1973 fire.

This project, as well as many other FamilySearch projects, is open to volunteers from all over the country and the world. The records, once indexed, will be available on the FamilySearch website free of charge and the State Archives will provide links to the resource from our website.

For more information about how you can take part, please see the instructions below. While we expect that the North Carolina World War I Service Cards will be indexed quickly, there are also other indexing projects related to North Carolina, including:

  • North Carolina Obituaries, 1980-2014
  • Revolutionary War Pay Vouchers, 1779-1782

We hope you can join us in providing greater access to these wonderful materials.

Download the Program, and Create an Account

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  1. Go to
  2. Click Indexing.
  3. Click Get Started.
  4. Follow the instructions to download the program to your computer. A new icon to open the program will be added to your desktop.

When you are ready to index, locate the FamilySearch indexing icon on your desktop, double-click the icon to open the program, and sign in to the indexing program with your FamilySearch username and password. If you don’t have a FamilySearch account:

  1. Click Register for a New Account.
  2. Follow the steps to create and activate your account.

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  1. After you sign in to the indexing program, click Download Batch.
  2. At the top of the Download Batch window, click Show all projects.
  3. Click the US, North Carolina—World War I Service Cards
  4. Click OK.

For more detailed, step-by-step instructions for getting started, click here.
Review the project instructions for guidelines to help you get started. When you have questions, the field helps will point you in the right direction.

For more information about these records or the content in them, please contact Matthew Peek, Military Collections Archivist at the State Archives of North Carolina, at (919) 807-7314 or

Update (11/9/2015): further instructions about this project are now available on the FamilySearch website.

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About the State Archives of North Carolina

The State Archives of North Carolina provides guidance concerning the preservation and management of government records to state, county, city and state university officials and collects, preserves, and provides public access to historically significant archival materials relating to North Carolina. For more information, visit the website: