Discovering La Famiglia - Finding Your Family in U.S. Military Records

This WWII “Old Man’s Draft Registration” provides genealogical details about Roslyn Torella’s immigrant grandfather who was required to register for the draft even though he was an  “enemy alien” and of advanced age for military service. This WWII “Old Man’s Draft Registration” provides genealogical details about Roslyn Torella’s immigrant grandfather who was required to register for the draft even though he was an “enemy alien” and of advanced age for military service.

You may not have thought about using U.S. military records to find out more about an Italian-born ancestor, so in this month’s column, I am going to share with you what records may exist and contain information about your ancestors and where to find the records. Most Italian immigration occurred before WWI, so most of our focus will be on these early records. However, we will look at WWII records as well. If your ancestor was in America between 1917 and 1945, it is possible even if he did not serve in the U.S. military that there might be a war-related record available.

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