Genealogy - Certificates of Service and Service Records

Commemorate and honor the military service of your Wisconsin ancestor with a souvenir Certificate of Service. Available for Wisconsin service members who served in the Civil War or World War I, these Certificates contain information taken from official sources that tell the story of your ancestor.

The Civil War Certificate of Service lists the full name of the soldier, date and place of enlistment, units affiliation, information on promotions or wounds received while in service, date of death or discharge, battles in which his regiment participated, and a brief regimental history. This single document provides a close look at the details of a soldier’s service while also providing the broad context of where he served and the battles he served in.

The World War I Certificate of Service contains full name of the service person, residence and age at enlistment, date and place of birth, eye and hair color, height, date and place of enlistment, units served with, ranks held, serial number, battles in which their unit participated, dates served overseas, and date and place of discharge, if that information is available in the original records.


WW1 Certificate of Service


You can purchase a Certificate of Service for $10.00 at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Gift Shop, or by mail. If ordering by mail, please use our online Civil War or World War I databases to confirm that the name you seek is present. Then send a check for $10.00 per Certificate, plus $2.00 shipping and handling, to the attention of:

Reference Archivist
Wisconsin Veterans Museum
30 W. Mifflin St.
Madison, WI 53703
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is an educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.