Explore our most popular getting started research articles on the NPRC 1973 Fire, obtaining the OMPF (service file), and IDPF (Individual Deceased Personnel File).
Jennifer has spent over a decade studying all military branches for WWI and WWII. Through her research and European travels, she understands the complexity and confusion around military research for WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, especially when all the records burned. This is actually inaccurate and much more exists than what the public realizes.
To help clear up some confusion and answer her most commonly received questions, particularly around primary vital record sets researchers require, and to help those researching Army or Air Corps/Army Air Forces service where many OMPFs (service files) burned, Jennifer has written several articles to help researchers.
Learn basic tips on navigating WWII records and photographs through a collection of articles our staff wrote and some on NARA’s website. To learn more and go deeper into your research, pick up one of my Stories from the World War II Battlefield books if you are in the U.S. or Faces of War: Researching Your Adopted Soldier if you are in Europe.
Do you require assistance? Learn about our research services for WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam and contact us today to set up your free phone consultation.
- When and Why Do I Need to Hire a WWII Researcher?
- When NOT to Hire a Genealogy or Military Record Retriever
- How to Accurately Reconstruct Military Service History
- What is Your WWII Story?
- Why World War II Research Isn’t Free
General Research Articles
- What Do VA Index Card Codes Mean?
- Research Tip! Where Can I Find a Service/Serial Number?
- Requesting the Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF)
- Difference Between the OMPF and IDPF
- Coast Guard OMPFs and IDPFs
- Uncovering a Sailor’s Story in a Navy File
- Civilian Individual Deceased Personnel Files (IDPFs)
- Tips for Starting Your WWII Research
- The Research Process Do’s and Dont’s
- Company Morning Reports
- Honoring Our Soldiers Overseas
- Tarawa and a Study of Graves Registration Service During WWII
- Where Can You Find WWII Education?
- Indiana WWII Solider, Sailor, and Marines Resources
- Searching University Archival Collections
Photograph and Newspaper Resources
- Finding U.S. WWII Records and Photos: Are They Where You Think They Are?
- 36th Infantry Division Reports and Photographs
- Missouri History Museum Photographs
- Identifying those Unidentified Photos
- National Archives Blog Articles
The Bigger Picture
Explore WWII Re-enactment
Did you know there are military re-enactors all over Europe who set up living history camps and mock battles for World War II and other wars to commemorate and educate? School groups attend these living history events to learn more about WWII and the freedoms they enjoy today because of sacrifices made by American troops. I have had the opportunity to attend commemorations at memorials and monuments and living history camps and battles. Often, WWII veterans will stop by to talk to the re-enactors and visitors, expanding the history experience. Read the articles to learn how re-enactment educates and creates a better future.
Jennifer’s Articles on Other Sites
Are you looking for additional resources for World War II? There are many places online you can find my World War II and genealogy articles and blog posts. Each article offers another resource to help you tell your story of war.
Tribute Pages are pages on websites which honor WWII service personnel. My clients have given me permission to write text for these, or these are stories of men I have researched who were Killed In Action.
T/5 John Long, I Company 394th Infantry Regiment 99th Infantry Division
- Fire and Devastation! Reconstructing World War II Service (September 2015)
- Building a WWII Timeline of Service (October 2015)
- Conflicting Information and Your WWII Timeline of Service (November 2015)
- WWII Marine Robert E. Bishop – Case Study (December 2015)
- World War II Case Study – Minor L. Dickerson (January 2016)
- Researching the U.S. Naval Armed Guard in World War II (February/March 2016)
- Researching Women in World War II (March 2016)
- Combining World War II Research on Fold3 with Your Ancestry Family Tree (April 2016)
- Attaching Correct Information to Your World War II Veterans (May 2016)
- Collaboration in World War II Research (June 2016)
- Expand and Enhance Your World War II Research and Knowledge (July 2016)
- Honoring World War II Service Together (August 2016)
- Preserving a Veteran’s Military History (November 2016)
- Writing Stories from the Heart (December 2016)
- Researching the Battle of the Bulge (January 2017)
- Post WWI and WWII Immigration to the U.S. (February 2017)
- Searching for Women in WWII (March 2017)
- US Army Transport Lists (May 2017)
- World War II Book Resources on Fold3 (June 2017)
Your Genealogy Today and Internet Genealogy Magazines
- Navigating World War II Research on Fold3.com (April/May 2016)
- Expanding World War II Military Service With Digitized Books, Records, and Archival Collections (Oct/Nov 2015)
- Researching WWII Military Ancestors: Reunion Websites (Aug/Sept 2015)
- Online Resources for Finding WWII Ancestors (June/July 2015)
- Honor Your WWII Soldier. Keep Their Memory Alive (March/April 2017)
- Traveling in Their Footsteps – My Journey through Europe with James (Nov/Dec 2016)
- Researching Military Service in World War II Museums and Cemeteries in Europe (Sept/Oct 2016)
- WWII US Records from the Battlefield (March/April 2016)
- Devil Dogs of the Air and Land: WWII Marine Corps Service (Jan/Feb 2016)
- WWII Naval and Coast Guard Records (Nov/Dec 2015)
- Reconstructing World War II Service Records for Army, Air Corps, and National Guard (Sept/Oct 2015)
- Starting Your World War II Research (July/Aug 2015)
The In-Depth Genealogist Magazine “Going In-Depth”
- Uncovering an Italian Goldmine (March 2013)
- Tracing Italian Roots in the U.S.: Part I- The Basics (April 2013)
- Tracing Italian Roots in the U.S.: Part 2- Going Beyond the Basics (May 2013)
- Mi Famiglia: “Tracing Italian Roots in Italy: Part I – Getting Started in Italy” (June 2013)
- Mi Famiglia: “Tracing Italian Roots – Resources” (July 2013)
- Military Memories: 31 Writing Prompts to Celebrate Your Military Ancestors (May 2014)
- Where to Start (June 2014)
- The World War II History Network (July 2014)
- Writing a Love Story (August 2014)
- James Privoznik, From Civilian Conservation Corps to Army (September 2014)
- Military Service Questionnaire (November 2014)
- Start the Year off Right! Get Organized! (January 2015)
- Exploring the Service of World War II U.S. Marine Corps Private William F. Cowart (February 2015)
- Reconstructing Service Using Records Created in the Field (March 2015)
- Navigating the World War II Service of Navy Pilot George T. Howe, Jr. (April 2015)
- Navigating Additional Naval Records for George T. Howe, Jr. (May 2015)
- World War II Research Q&A (June 2015)
- Researching World War II Life and Service in Museums (July 2015)
- Two Minutes of Silence. Honoring the War Dead in the Netherlands (August 2015)
- Have Our World War II Dead and Missing Been Forgotten? (September 2015)
- The Healing Power of Stories (October 2015)
- Healing and Remembrance Through Stories (November 2015)
- Starting World War II Research (December 2015)
- Don’t Let the Story ONLY Be a Story (January 2016)
- 5 Tips to Help You Plan to Walk in Your Soldier’s Footsteps (February 2016)
- Women’s History Month – Writing about the Women of World War II (March 2016)
- Resources for Examining Your Ancestors’ Neighborhood
- The Graves Registration Service in World War II: Part II
- The Graves Registration Service in World War II: Part I
- Women of World War II
- Locating Italian Records in the United States
- Thinking Ethnically: A Different Approach to Your Ancestors
- Teaching Genealogy in the Classroom: Tips for Teachers
- Immigrants, History, and the Second City: Resources for Chicago Genealogy
- Collaborate on Family History and Watch What Happens
- Historical Markers Point to Genealogical Treasures
- 3 Steps to Creating a Youth Genealogy Workshop
- Two Tools to Analyze Your Genealogy Data: OneNote and Blogs
- New Views of Your Ancestors in Spreadsheets and Maps
- Places to Discover Your Illinois Ancestors
- Telling the Stories of the Lost: Remembering Fallen Service Members
- Connecting Children With Their Past
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