World War I at Your Fingertips

Did you know that the Digitizing Department scanned thousands of pages of historical documents last year? The latest books to be digitized are the World War Service Record of Rochester and Monroe County N.Y. (volumes 1-3).


World War I Service Record Compiled and Edited by Edward R. Forman, City Historian 1928

Volume 1, “Those Who Died for Us,will be of interest to people who had an ancestor who gave his or her life for our country in World War I. The first part of this volume has a short biography of each person and the circumstances of his or her death, while the second half of the book has photographs of several of the soldiers.


Soldiers Serving during World War I

Volume 2, “Those Who Went Forth to Serve,lists the names of men and women who served in the armed forces during World War I. This volume is a gold mine for genealogists as it lists the city where each person was born, along with place, age, and date of enlistment and details of service.


Red Cross Canteen Workers in their summer and winter uniforms

Volume 3, “Those Who Supported the Service,discusses the work that was done by groups and businesses in the Rochester community during the war. Some of the groups include the Red Cross, the YMCA, the YWCA, the Salvation Army, the American Library Association, public school efforts, church efforts, and many more. This volume also tells about the research done and the equipment made by the Eastman Kodak Company (along with many pictures of Kodak cameras used by the government), the Gleason Works, Bausch and Lomb, and others.


Automatic Gun Camera used for training manufactured by the Eastman Kodak Company

The World War Service Record books are just a few of the valuable digitized items that are useful to genealogists, historians, and students.  You can access them here

Margaret Chatterton, Digitizing Department

Published in: on April 12, 2013 at 1:20 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Remember the pictures of Alton Schantz from WW I as well, given by his grandson Frederick. That book was digitized.

  2. Actually it is Alson Shantz!

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