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Research: American World War II Ancestors-Part 2
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2014 marks the 70th Anniversary of World War II’s D-Day. In Research: American World War II Ancestors-Part 1 we reviewed what led to the start of World War II, how the U.S. became involved, and the military records available. In Research: American World War II Ancestors-Part 2 we begin with records from the Army, Army Air Corps, Marines and National Guard and explore military and other records that can assist you in conducting World War II era research. We will explore life on the home front and the role of women in World War II including their service in the military. A case study will help you get ideas for piecing the life of you World War II soldier’s story together.

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Module 1
Army, Army Air Corps, Marines and National Guard
Note about Web Addresses
Websites
Introduction
Education
Army Records

Army Air Corps Records
  • Army Air Forces Accident Reports
  • Report of Accident
  • Description of Accident and Witness Reports
  • Photographs and Maps
  • Damage to Property Certificate
  • Summary of Report
  • Missing Air Crew Reports
  • National Archives and Records Administration Missing Air Crew Reports
  • Aviation Archaeological Investigation & Research
  • Components of Missing Air Crew Reports

    Marines
  • Marine Corps Muster Rolls
  • Marine Corps Ship Manifests

    National Guard Records
    Final Thoughts

    Additional Information & Resources
  • Abbreviations
  • Books
  • Websites

    Module 2
    Researching Women
    Websites
    Introduction

    What Women Were Doing at Home
  • Organizing Entertainment
  • Victory Gardens, Rationing, and Recycling
  • War Bond Drives

    Moving into the Work Force
  • Teachers
  • Women’s Land Army

    Education

    Men March Off To War
  • Love and Separation
  • The Waiting
  • The Widows
  • Expectations Upon Return

    File Clerk or Spy?
    Sources for Women’s Research on the Home Front
    Tips for Researching Women
    Japanese American Women in the Military
    Female Prisoners Of War
    Final Thoughts

    Additional Resources
  • Books
  • Websites

    Module 3
    Women''s Army Corps, Women Accepted For Volunteer Emergency Service, and Women Airforce Service Pilots
    Websites
    Introduction
    The Decision to Join the Fight

    The Army - Women’s Army Corps
  • WAAC/WAC Training
  • WAAC/WAC Jobs

    Army Air Corps - Women Air Force Service Pilots and Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying
  • Squadron
  • WASP Training
  • WASP Jobs

    The Navy - Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service
  • History
  • WAVES Recruiting
  • Why did women join the WAVES?
  • WAVES Training and Jobs

    Records for Women
  • Service Records
  • National Archives and Records Administration Records
  • Home Sources
  • Histories
  • Photographs and Posters

    Final Thoughts

    Additional Resources
  • Books
  • Videos
  • Websites

    Module 4
    Nurses, SPARS, and Marine Recruits
    Websites
    Introduction

    Nurses
  • Navy Nurses
  • Navy Nurse Recruitment and Volunteering
  • Navy Nurse Training
  • Navy Nurse Deployment
  • Army Nurse Corps
  • Recruitment
  • Life as an Army Nurse

    SPARS
  • SPARS Recruitment and Training
  • SPARS Service
  • After Service

    Marine Corps Women’s Reserve
  • MCWR Recruitment and Training
  • MCWR Service
  • After the War

    Problems for All Service Branches

    Records for Women
    Service Records

    Histories
    Final Thoughts

    Additional Resources
  • Books
  • Websites

    Module 5
    After The War
    Websites
    Introduction
    The Living Return From War

    Women After the War
  • Other Returning Considerations

    The Dead and Missing
  • The Dead
  • Lists of Soldiers Dead
  • Newspapers
  • Repatriation and the American Battle Monuments Commission
  • U.S. Veterans Affairs National and State Cemeteries
  • The Missing
  • How to Know if Someone was Recovered
  • Records

    G.I. Bill
    Korean War, Vietnam & Military Records Access

    Military Groups and Historical Associations
  • Benefits of Military Groups and Historical Associations
  • Websites
  • Biographies
  • Photos
  • Newsletters and Journals
  • Reunions

    Military Museums, Historical Societies, and Other Military Resources
  • Military Museums and Libraries
  • Ethnic Museums
  • College and University Libraries

    Writing Your Soldier’s Story
  • Veterans History Project
  • Getting Started

    Final Thoughts

    Additional Resources
  • Books
  • Websites

    Module 6
    You Can Research Even When All The Records Burned!
    Websites
    Introduction
    Resources Used For Research
    What I Knew

    Research Process - How One Thing Led To Another
  • Initial Contact
  • Research Early 2013
  • Next Steps
  • The Bag of Stuff
  • Old Photo Albums

    Final Thoughts

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