An addition to the Indiana Digital Archives will allow researchers to search online records of thousands of Indiana National Guardsmen who served before World War II.

The Indiana Commission on Public Records says the Indiana National Guard Collection indexes records of soldiers from 1898 through 1940. The database includes the soldier's name, the date enlisted, and the town or county from which he or she enrolled.

It says soldiers who joined around the time of the 1916 Mexican Border War or World War I will have additional records such as physical exams and enlistment papers.

In June, the online portal introduced the Indiana Civil War Soldiers Database. It includes more than 200,000 individual records containing soldiers' ages, service dates, and companies and regiments.

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