Part 1- Pre War Biography (Tip Follow videos to expedite)
Please follow the instructions and videos on how to create a simple biography on the veteran(s) you were assigned. Please do not be put off by the amount of verbiage below, short videos explain all, note videos have no sound.

In an effort to reduce duplication, all volunteers will be sent the name(s) of a veteran by Ryevets.org along with login credentials for Ancestry.com. Please address any questions to info@ryevets.org

Please follow below instructions and videos on how to create a simple biography for our veterans.


WRITE A VETERANS BIOGRAPHY (Tip Follow videos to expedite) Note videos have no sound.

List of all Sources to be used include - Census Records, High School Yearbooks, the Rye Chronicle(1900-1980), Obituaries. You may include any current information on veterans page to assist you. Tip Please have a blank Microsoft word document open to gather and organize your information.

Step 1- LOGIN TO ANCESTRY.COM with login credentials sent to you. (Must be logged in for links on veterans page to work.)

Step 2- Census records in Ancestry.com
In another tab open RyeVets.org and go to the veterans page you were assigned. On this page there is a link that says “1940 Census”. It brings you right to that individual’s record. (This record has basic info, Father and Mother’s Name, Siblings, Fathers occupation, income, etc.)

How To Search Census Video: Use this instructional video on how to mine the pertinent data from Census Record. Use this info to create short narrative, see example below

"Frank J. Russo was born in New York on 12/15/1918. In Rye he lived at 118 Maple Avenue, with his mother Grace and his four siblings: Antoinette, Leonard, Mary and Margaret. His mother was head of the household and worked as a maid in a private home. Before the war Frank was employed as a Caddy at one of the local golf courses. All members of the family worked and chipped in to make ends meet during the depression years."

Step 3– Rye High School Yearbooks in Ancestry.com ( Tip if the veteran has a picture his graduation year is already in the short bio next to picture. ex. Rye High School Graduate, Class of 1937

How To Search Yearbook Video Note all high school interests ( Baseball, Golf, Finger Print Club, etc.) and add to biography, see example below

Go to link Search Yearbooks
Use setting as shown in video(State, City, School, Year)

Once again using Russo as an example, note his high school interests ( Baseball, Golf, Finger Print Club, etc.) and add to above.

"Frank was a Rye High School Graduate, Class of 1937. During his high School years he was active in many sports and clubs including baseball, golf and the Finger Print Club."

Step 4 – Search Fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html to search old Rye Chronicle Articles.

How To Search Rye Chronicle Articles Video:
Go to the veterans page you were assigned. Under the tab, Search Newspapers, there is a link to Fulton site, link brings you to a search box where you would copy and paste example (Search Fulton History for "Frank J. Russo" Rye NY Chronicle) Tip Search results differ when including middle initial, in this case you would search Frank J Russo and Frank Russo


A list of articles will appear as search results, click on link to article, veterans name is highlighted, write notes of interest. Example: Played Donkey basketball at the YMCA.

Example Finished Bio after Part 1

"Frank J. Russo was born in New York on 12/15/1918. In Rye he lived at 118 Maple Avenue, with his mother Grace and his four siblings: Antoinette, Leonard, Mary and Margaret. His mother was head of the household and worked as a maid in a private home. Before the war Frank was employed as a Caddy at one of the local golf courses. All members of the family worked and chipped in to make ends meet during the depression years. Frank was a Rye High School Graduate, Class of 1937. During his high School years he was active in many sports and clubs including baseball, golf and the Finger Print Club. Growing up in Rye Frank was an active member of the YMCA. He participated in softball, boxing and even in an exhibition basketball game played while the players rode donkey's. Frank enlisted in October of 1942 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II."

Tip- All Rye Chronicle Articles are relevant to the creation of veterans bio and you might want to book mark page for use in part 2 and 3

Proceed to Part 2- War and Post War Years Biography