1918
1918

'World War I era'

This tool helps analyze what type of records may exist for a person born or living in the year 1918 and ideas on where to find them. Learn about other notable events that took place in 1918, which may have affected the people who lived during this time.

Woodrow Wilson was President of the United States in 1918.

Military Records from the Period

A person born in 1918 may have participated in or been affected by the following wars:

World War II (1941-1945), Korean War (1950-1953), Vietnam War (1965-1973)

Social Security

President Rooselvelt passed the Social Security Act into law in 1935. Someone born in 1918 would have been about 17 if they were still living in 1935, and they may have applied for a social security number.

A person born in 1918 should appear on the following census, depending on when they died:

1920 U.S. Federal Census - Click here

A person born in 1918 would have been 1 when the census was conducted on January 1, 1920. Each member of the household was named on the census in 1920.

1930 U.S. Federal Census - Click here

Each member of the household was named on the census in 1930. A person born between January and March, 1918, would have been 12 when the census was conducted around April 1, 1930. If they were born between April and December, they were probably 11 when the census was taken.

1940 U.S. Federal Census - Click here

Each member of the household was named on the census in 1940. A person born between January and March, 1918, would have been 22 when the census was conducted around April 1, 1940. If they were born between April and December, they were probably 21 when the census was taken.

1950 U.S. Federal Census - Click here

Each member of the household was named on the census in 1950. A person born between January and March, 1918, would have been 32 when the census was conducted around April 1, 1950. If they were born between April and December, they were probably 31 when the census was taken. *Census to be released in April 2022.

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