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Research: American World War II Ancestors-Part 1
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2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of World War I and the 70th Anniversary of World War IIís D-Day. There are many records that were created during World War I that are similar in World War II. Learn what led to the start of World War II, how the U.S. became involved and the military records available. They did not all burn in the 1973 fire! This course will move from military records for the Navy, Coast Guard and Marines to civilian jobs including the USO, Merchant Marines and others. You will learn how to research the service of your military ancestors through numerous sources. Through this research you can then write the story of your ancestorís life. Continue your journey into World War II military records in the Research: American World War II Ancestors-Part 2 course.


Course Content

Module 1
Introduction to World War II
Note about Web Addresses
Websites
Introduction
History of World War II
Post World War I Highlights
World War II Highlights
Post World War II Highlights
Theaters of War
African Americans in World War II
Jews and the Holocaust
 
War Prison and Internment Camps
• Japanese-American Internment Camps
• U.S. Based German & Italian Prisoner of War Camps
• Japanese and German Prisoner of War Camps
• Tips on Researching Prison and Internment Camps
 
Communication During World War II
 
The Home Front
• Rationing
• Homeland Protection
• Technological Development
• Victory Gardens
• Rosie the Riveter
 
Propaganda
The Draft
Final Thoughts
 

Module 2
Basics of Military Research
Websites
Introduction to Military Research
 
Start with the Basics
• Home Sources
• Public Records
• Next Steps
 
Military Service Records
 
Serial Numbers
• Army Serial Numbers
• Navy and Marine Serial Numbers
• Identification Tags
• Types of Records
• Rank and Unit
 
Civilian Records
• Restrictions on Records
 
Military Occupational Specialty
Training Camps
Military Museums and Bases
Military Terms and Slang
 
Blogs, Social Media, and Military Information
• Facebook
• Blogs
• Unit Associations
• Google Books, Internet Archive, and Others
 
Where To Go From Here
 

Module 3
Records Created in the Field
Websites
Introduction to Field Records
 
Records Created At The Company Level
• Morning Reports
• Monthly Personnel Rosters
• Duty Rosters and Company Orders
 
Records Created At The Organizational Level
• After Action Reports
• General Orders and Field Orders
• Staff Reports
• Histories - Unit and Regimental
• Correspondence
• Photographs, Maps, and Aerial Photography
• Publications - Field Manuals and Training Manuals
 
Other Publications
Missing in Action Soldiers
Prisoners of War
A Note about MIA and POW Research
Final Thoughts
 

Module 4
Military Death Records
Websites
Introduction to Military Death Records
 
Graves Registration Service
• The Job
• System for Recovery of Remains
• Identification of Remains
 
Temporary Burial
Newspaper Sources
 
Individual Deceased Personnel Files
• Report of Burial
• If Deceased Unidentified
• Battle Casualty Report
• Report of Death
• Inventory of Effects
• Disposal of Pay Records
• Letters from the Quartermaster General
• Request for Disposition of Remains
• Disinterment Directive
• Receipt of Remains
• Certificate
• Miscellaneous
• Requesting an IDPF
 
Naval Deaths
Permanent Interment After the War
 
Records on the Home Front
• Funeral and Cemetery Records
• Photographs
• Military Headstone Application
 
Final Thoughts
 

Module 5
Colleges, Civilian Employees, Red Cross and the United Service Organizations
Websites
Introduction
 
High Schools, Colleges, and Universities
• Records at Educational Facilities
 
Civilian Employees
Civilian Records
 
Red Cross
• Red Cross Records
 
United Service Organizations
• USO Records
 
Final Thoughts
 

Module 6
Navy, Merchant Marines and Coast Guard
Websites
Introduction to Navy, Marine and Coast Guard Records
Merchant Marines
 
Records
• Enlistment Records
 
Examination and Training Records
• Crew Lists and Muster Rolls (Ships Only)
• Log Books
• Non-existent Log Books
• What Log Books Do Not Contain
• Cruise Books
• Ship Histories
• Discharge Paper
 
Final Thoughts
 
Appendix
• Abbreviations
• Bibliography
• Additional Websites
 
 

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