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We are currently booking programs and events through 2018. Contact us for information and fees for research, speaking, and writing services.
Friday, September 8, 5:00 p.m.
Navigating World War II Records on Fold3.com
This program will be held at the Cary Public Library as part of their annual Genealogy After Hours Event.
Researching the service of a World War II soldier is more than the Official Military Personnel File we might locate. That file is helpful in creating a timeline of military service, but we must move beyond it to find more of the story. Looking beyond the individual records, we can find unit histories, battle reports, mission reports, war diaries, and other higher level materials, which provide context in which to put our soldier.
Many of the records you need to research your soldier’s service, are not online. However, Fold3.com has digitized many unit level records from the National Archives at College Park, MD, to help you with your research. As with any digitized collection, searching by your soldier’s name will not usually yield you enough of the materials available. There are many tips and tricks to locating the gold within the massive amount of paperwork available.
This new program will teach you how to navigate the extensive records of Fold3.com. The tips you learn in this program will help you with any digitized record set.
Thursday, September 14, 7:30 p.m.
Beyond Pearl Harbor: Exploring Advanced WWII Records and Resources
This program will be held at the Fox Valley Genealogical Society.
- A trip through time, exploring the service history of several men and women.
- A brief recap on starting research and obtaining the Official Military Personnel File (OMPF).
- Air Force Accident Reports, Missing Air Crew Reports, Navy/Marine Corps Mission Reports.
- A look at Casualty and Prisoner of War (POW) records.
- Tips on weaving military, genealogical, and historical records together.
- Using Museums for research.
Saturday, November 11, 1:30 p.m. – Note: This program is not suitable for children.
This program is being held at the Nordlof Center, 118 N Main St, Rockford, IL, as part of the Rockford Library Programming.
What happened to our soldiers, sailors, and Marines who died in World War II? What policies and procedures were, and were not, in place to handle our valiant dead? Who took care of these men and women who were killed? Why and how did some soldiers return to the United States, while others still sleep overseas? Why are some still considered Missing In Action or unrecoverable?
In this engaging and informative presentation, Jennifer shares:
- A trip through time, exploring the service history of James Privoznik, who was Killed In Action 11 January 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge.
- Discuss the history of the Graves Registration Service and their job during and after World War II.
- Show and teach you what the IDPF (Individual Deceased Personnel File) is, and how it can help you reconstruct service, and understand what happened to your deceased soldier.
- Learn why records and personal effects may not exist.
- Resources for the Prisoners, the Missing, and the Dead.
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