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Ancestry.com 15th Anniversary – German Military

Find out more information on the 15th Anniversary of Ancestry.com on Facebook: ancstry.me Historical Background: Germany became a unified nation of four kingdoms in 1871; however, the previous kingdoms — Prussia, Bavaria, Saxony, and Württemberg — kept their militaries distinct and somewhat autonomous for some time, especially during peacetime. For example, Bavaria had its own War Ministry and kept its own lists of officers. Nonetheless, during wartime the militaries of these four kingdoms banded together as the unified German Army. About this Collection: This data collection contains the personnel rosters of soldiers serving in Bavarian Army units during World War I (1914–1918). These rosters list information such as: Name of soldier Rank Birth date Birthplace Religion Status or occupation Marital status Parents’ names Parents’ status or occupation Parents’ residence Details of the soldier’s service Not all of the above information may be listed for every soldier. The original records are held by the Bavaria State Archives, War Archives division. Due to the large size of the collection, it is being digitized and published in multiple releases. Currently, the database includes about 3.8 million records of soldiers and officers in the following branches of service: Bavarian War Ministry (Bayerisches Kriegsministerium) High Command (Höhere Stäbe) Infantry (Infanterie) – except for the reserve units Cavalry (Kavallerie) Artillery (Artillerie) Pioneers (Pioneere) Signal
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