- Support the Foundation United Adopters American War Graves (Stichting Verenigde Adoptanten Amerikaanse Oorlogsgraven.) The foundation will donate all proceeds to its The Faces of Margraten tribute at the Netherlands Cemetery.
- The foundation offers the opportunity to pre-order the book and have it shipped to you by mid-May.
- The foundation offers the opportunity to pick-up the book during the May 29 book signing.
You can pre-order through the foundation until 8 May.
- Pre-order through the author and pick up your signed copy at my book signing at Hotel Groot Welsden on Sunday 29 May in Margraten, Netherlands. Books are $33.00. Books must be picked up between 11.00-12.00 on Sunday 29 May at the Hotel. You can pre-order through the author until 5 May.
Author Book Signing Details
- Date: Sunday, 29 May
- Time: 11.00-12.00
- Place: Hotel Groot Welsden
You can also order the book from the author’s website and have it shipped to your home at any time.
The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) operates and maintains 25 permanent American military cemeteries overseas. In many of the countries in which these cemeteries are located, men and women officially and unofficially, through Adoption Foundation programs, adopt the graves of American service men and women in the ABMC cemeteries.
Researching the service and life of a soldier while living in Europe, has its challenges, primarily because the records they need are located in archives in the United States. There is also the challenge of the 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The fire destroyed roughly 80% of the Army, Air Corps/Army Air Forces, and National Guard personnel files. This is not however, the end of the story where researchers are concerned.
All the tools researchers need to start exploring their World War I or World War II soldier, civilian, sailor, or Marine’s service, are included in this volume.
The tools include:
- The basics of starting research and creating a timeline of service.
- Resources and strategies for online and offline military research.
- Resources for obtaining a wide range of information on a soldier’s death and burial.
- Instructions for ordering and using military records to reconstruct service history for men and women.
- And, tips for placing the soldier into historical context using higher level records.
Through examples, checklists, and document images, researchers are taught how to locate and analyze records for any branch of the military. This volume focuses more on World War II records, but the process for a World War I soldier and records created, are similar. Once you understand the research process, it can be applied to either war.
© 2016 Jennifer Holik