Now What? Cross Wise
5/1/2007
How can I locate WWI Red Cross records?

Q. In 1908, my grandfather left Sicily for America, then returned when WWI started. It's said he served as a medic with the International Red Cross. How can I locate Red Cross records?

A. Many countries have national Red Cross or Red Crescent organizations, each of which maintains its own historical materials. Since your family tradition says your grandfather was with the International Red Cross, try contacting its archives first. But he might've been sent to Italy by the American Red Cross or joined the Italian Croce Rossa, so you'll want to pursue all those possibilities.