A Crowd-Sourcing Effort to Index the Casualty Lists of World War I Austria-Hungary 1914-1919

YOU can help other genealogists find information about their ancestors and other relatives and perhaps even find your own while you are at it. The following was written by Frank Raschka and Felix Gundacker of the www.GenTeam.eu:

Who will participate?

A century ago, our forefathers lived through the horrors of World War I. Many sons, brothers and fathers were drafted into the military. Millions were wounded, captured or died. These cases were published in the casualty lists of Austria-Hungary, which are also available online.

Unfortunately, there is no index to these lists; a full-text search yields unsatisfactory results due to the poor print quality.

Therefore, we have decided to create such an index which cannot made by a person alone.

Will you, please, help us through your assistance to keep these soldiers from being forgotten.

All necessary information can he found at the site of GenTeam at:

If you have any question, please, don´t hesitate to ask.

With kind regards,
Frank Raschka & Felix Gundacker

Details may be found at http://www.genteam.at/files/Casualty_Lists_of_World_War_I_Austria-Hungary.pdf.


My question is along the same lines as this article. My genealogy society is in possession of about 50,000 3×5″ index cards which were used to obtain Pledges from townspeople in Waterloo, Iowa, to assist the World War I effort. These cards contain names and addresses, also sometimes places of employment, wages, family members, service personel with current addresses, etc. There were four loan periods which is also noted on some of these cards with the amount each person contributed.
A committee from the Chamber of commerce, another from the Commercial club and a third from the Clearing House association adopted the plan of action under the name of the Service League. Membership in the League was a minimum of $1 per year and members were required to sign a pledge card, pay the dues and then they received a certificate of membership card. They were then asked to help in the sale of Waterloo’s allotment of thrift and war saving stamps of $20 per capita or approximately $750,000. This was the same allotment as the First Liberty Loan assigned to the city with a population of about 35,000 persons. The city was divided into districts and each district divided so that a worker made an average of 16 visits to his neighbors to sell these stamps, loans, etc.
The city spent 55 cents per $1000 in the first loan drive, and this plan was to reduce the expense to 4 cents per $1000.
We have indexed and alphabetized these cards by donor name. Now our plan is to digitize them. We need ideas on how to do this or names of places that might be interested in helping with this.


Call FamilySearch.org at 1-866-406-1830 and ask the volunteer how to contact the records acquisition department. They are the most experienced organization around. Their library has been obtaining records on film (now digital images) since 1937 and working to index and make it available free to the public.


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