Source Information

Ancestry.com. Stars and Stripes Newspaper, WWI Edition, 1918-1919 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
Original data: Library of Congress, Serial and Government Publications Division, The Stars and Stripes, online , acquired 2006.

About Stars and Stripes Newspaper, WWI Edition, 1918-1919

This database contains a complete set of the World War I edition of the ‘Stars and Stripes’ newspaper, published February 1918-June 1919.

The ‘Stars and Stripes’ newspaper began during the Civil War. It first appeared in the twentieth century during World War I. During this war, the paper’s purpose was to boost troop morale and provide scattered troops across the Western Front with a sense of unity.

The newspaper was printed specifically for the armed forces and reported on the progress of the war, activities of the U.S. troops, and news from the homefront (including sports, comics, and editorials).

During WWI the weekly paper was published in France and delivered to soldiers via trains, cars, and motorcycles. Papers were also delivered by mail to military bases and individual subscribers back in the U.S.

This newspaper is important to genealogists because it provides a unique perspective on and documentation of American soldiers in the midst of the War. It can be a useful source for placing your WWI ancestors in historical context.