Subscribe FAQ Terms of Use
Certificates Courses Course Calendar Packages Correspondence Courses Registration Consultation Appointments
My Briefcase Help! How Do I? Talk to Someone
Virtual Learning Room Conferences Consultant Services Field Trips Lectures by Instructors Spotlight & News Links Forms Comments by Students Scholarships Partnerships
Faculty & Consultants Graduates Contact Us Our Background Galleries We Need Your Help
 

            Courses            
Research: American World War II Ancestors-Part 2
Description
Register (Fees/Dates)
Packages
Supplies
Other Info
 
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.


Course Content

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
 
 

   Copyright © 1999-2018, National Institute for Genealogical Studies. All Rights Reserved.   
1-800-580-0165