New Ancestry Database: US Army Transport Service, Passenger List1910-1939

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into World War I, Ancestry today launched a database that includes all of the passenger lists for the American troop ships going to and from Europe during WWI, and beyond. The records include the name of next of kin, among other details that might not now be easy to find, thanks to the 1974 fire at the NPRC.

U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939

I ran both my grandfathers through the passenger lists and found quite a bit of information.

  • Otis Clark no. 1380213, Private 1st Class, of Bethany Illinois was part of Company B 129th Infantry and traveled to France from Hoboken, New Jersey on 10 May 1918 aboard the USS Covington. Father Henry Clark listed as next of kin.
  • Otis Clark no. 1380213, Private, departed on 4 Jan 1919 from Saint Nazaire, France aboard the SS Huron.  Mother Mary Clark of Laplace Illinois.  Full name of the organization including co and regimental designation:  Saint Aignan Casual Company no 413 Regional Section No. 3.
  • William A Skibbe no 2004891, Private, of North Judson, Indiana was placed in unit Headquarters Company 47th Infantry.  He was transported to France from Hoboken, New Jersey aboard the Princess Matoika on 10 May 1918.  Next of kin listed was William Skibbe.
  • William A. Skibbe, no 2004891, Private 1st Class of North Judson, Indiana was part of Headquarters Company 47th Infantry traveled from Brest, France on 16 Jul 1919 to Hoboken, New Jersy arriving on 27 Jul 1919, aboard the US Mobile.  His father Mr. William Skibbe was listed as in case of emergency.
Tomorrow I will start searching for both Otis and William's brothers and cousins among the database.  I cannot wait to see what I can find.

Happy Hunting 


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