New York in the World War Two

Please note that on 12 July 1973 a fire destroyed most of the World War Two records. Although many records were burned most were damaged by water. Efforts to salvage these records are ongoing. This means that there is a very good chance that you will not be able to find personnel records for the soldier you are looking for. It is always a good idea to check by submitting Standard Form 180. As the efforts to restore these records continue it may be worthwhile to re-submit SF 180 again after a few years.

Link to the museum’s website:

The link to the museum’s catalog is This will allow you to search our different databases.

The New York State Archives has a collection, New York National Guard Service Cards that may be of help. Please note that these are National Guard records NOT US Army records. This is available on
Please note that New York State residents have free access to parts of

Ancestry also has some useful record sets:
U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
New York, U.S., World War II Enlisted Men Cards, 1940-1945
New York, U.S., Guard Monthly Roster, 1940-1945

In addition to is a related site, Fold3. Fold3 is a genealogy website that specializes in military records. If you have an All Access membership to ancestry you also get membership to Fold3.

Other places that may have information:

The Army Heritage & Education Center
950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013
(717) 245-3971

US Army Center of Military History
103 Third Avenue
Ft. McNair, DC 20319-5058
Voice: 202.685.2704
Fax: 202.685.4570

National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20408

New York State Library
Cultural Education Center
222 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12230
(518) 474-5355

New York State Archives
New York State Education Department
Cultural Education Center
Albany, NY 12230
(518) 474-6926

To search for Images see Sources of U.S. Military Images: Major Repositories

If you cannot find information on a particular soldier after reviewing these resources, the best advice is to look for information on the unit where the soldier served. You could also try searching for the unit’s commanders, who may have written memoirs or books about the war.

In addition to the above resources, a good place to search is WorldCat,, which is a database of thousands of library catalogs. However, this is more of a discovery database since you will not be able to borrow from it directly.

You might also be able to find unit histories at The Internet Archive.

Other possible resources are the local (to the solider/unit) historical societies and public libraries. Local newspapers also had many “local interest” stories about men and women when they enlisted, were promoted, died, etc.

There are also two great newspaper databases:
NYS Historic Newspapers
Fulton History (This database also covers the whole state)

Finally, all NYS residents have access to different research databases through the NYS Library

printable version is here.