The April issue of the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal commemorates the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I.
This issue honors the service of Frank Bartow Waters, Sr, the paternal grandfather of the editor, as well as the service of other Maryland military personnel such as MGS board member Gloria Day’s maternal grandfather, Private William H. Lathe; and MGS board member Seely Foley’s paternal grandfather, Lt. James W. Kenny. David A. Powell shares the memoirs of his grandfather, Andrew Graham Cleghorn.
Dr. William J. Sheleski discusses in his article how he used troopship records to locate and identify the service records of his grandfather, Private First Class John Frank Shedlewski.
Jane F. Burgess and James P. Burgess III have written an excellent article on the Montgomery County servicemen who died during the war.
Robert W. Barnes presents several interesting news items about Baltimore during the war that he obtained from a variety of sources.
The African American participation in World War I is discussed in Zaakira L. Sadrud-Din’s fascinating article.
Often knowing where to access records can be a challenge to the World War I researcher. To assist in this endeavor, Michael Dormer has written a World War I Pathfinder on World War I materials located in the Maryland Room of the Frederick County Public Libraries.
Service personnel in all wars stayed connected to their families by writing home. James R. Miller has captured this in his article, Writing Home to Maryland in World War I. He transcribed several letters that are currently in his possession.
Jane F. Burgess continues her regular feature with a World War I crossword puzzle focusing on Maryland and World War I. Many readers look forward to this continuing feature and won’t be disappointed with this issue’s submission.
Between 1917 and 1918, men filled out Draft Registration Cards. Two examples are presented—one for William Rockel and the other for my maternal grandfather, Charles Edward Oler.
Our Book Review section contains eight book reviews starting with a book by Dr. Margaret M. McMahon, Researching Your U. S. WWI Army Ancestors, reviewed by John M. Siemon. Genealogists researching their World War I ancestors will find Dr. McMahon’s book a valuable resource.