"The difficulties with World War I-era family research lie in stricter privacy laws enacted in some states and in the devastating loss of records in a "monumental" fire in St. Louis in July 1973." 
Michael Strauss, Accredited Genealogist and Lecturer
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2016
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07:39 PM
Europe/Amsterdam

Twila Van Leer: Family tales lurk in records from WWI

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865666099/Family-tales-lurk-in-records-from-WWI.html?pg=all

Summary

The statistics for World War I are mind-boggling: 8 million military deaths among the 65 million men from 40 countries and dozens of colonies; 21 million wounded; 6.6 million civilians lost...The records contain not only vital data, but also tell where and under what conditions the particular serviceman or servicewoman performed his or her military duties.