Free resource for exploring World War II Genealogy
It’s a rare family that isn’t interested in delving into World War II genealogy. My grandfather, who registered for the World War I “Old Man’s Draft” was too old for the second World War. However, my dad wasn’t.
Because dad worked in an essential industry, was married with two kids, he wasn’t drafted until very late in the war (1944). According to my brother, Mark (the family’s WWII expert), dad was sent as a replacement into the Yankee Division (26th Infantry).
After training, dad was shipped to Europe, landed in France, then was wounded in November of 1944. After stays in several mobile hospital units dad was sent to England and then home, on board the Queen Mary to yet two more hospitals in the U.S. In many ways, I’m not sure he ever recovered fully from the trauma. Click here to read about the Queen Mary’s wartime service.
Although Mark is the keeper of the WWII records, I’ve been delving into them myself and have found quite a few excellent resources for doing genealogy research. I created a 17-page PDF with dozens of WWII resources, both subscription sites and free sites. You can download it for free by typing your name and email into the box (top of left column). It will then take you to an instant download page.
If you’re already a newsletter subscriber you’ll find the World War II Genealogy Starter Kit in your Resource Library.
If your family keeps old papers around, it’s possible you’ll find items like discharge papers, medical records, disability report, medals, ribbons, or insignia. My Starter Kit will show you where to start looking for those types of records.
World War II vets are leaving us at as astonishing rate. The Veterans Administration estimates that about 492 die each day. That means there are less than one million of the sixteen million U.S. citizens who served that are still alive. Although resources for U.S. servicemembers are abundant, there are less for other parts of the world. However, the PDF also covers non-U.S. resources, primarily U.K. and Canada.
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