17 July 2013

Veta Markley's File in the American Red Cross Nurse Files at Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com recently released a new database "U.S., American Red Cross Nurse Files, 1916-1959"

The database contains color images of personnel files from Red Cross nurses during the early part of the 20th century--particularly for the World War I and World II era.

This is part of the "Application for Enrollment" for Veta Blanche Markley. Veta was living in Quincy, Adams County, Illinois when she applied and had graduated from Blessing Hospital's nursing school.

The file for Veta contains at least fifty scans of various letters and reports during her time with the American Red Cross and the Veteran's Administration.

If you have a relative who served in either one of these organizations during this time period, access these records. The file on Veta contains information about her assignments, a local disaster to which she was assigned, her mother's health, and her capon raising.

We will discuss these records here in more detail as I get time to go through them.

Ancestry.com includes the following source information for these records:

Original data: Historical Nurse Files, Compiled ca. 1916–ca. 1959. Series number A1 27140, textual materials, 101 boxes. Records of the American National Red Cross, 1881–2008. National Archives at College Park, College Park, Maryland.

Veta Markley was a first cousin to my grandfather Cecil Neill (1903-1968). Their mothers, Laura (Rampley) Markley and Fannie (Rampley) Neill were sisters.