Today is day 1 of the RootsTech conference. Are you attending? If so, please check out the four WWII talks I’m giving the next four days. You may consider bringing tissues because at the end of the programs I tell very emotional war stories.
I am excited to announce three new Quick Guides are now available on Kindle and Paperback. AND the four guides we published in January on Kindle are now also available in Paperback! When you visit our BOOKS page, you will see two sections for the new Quick Guides. One for the general guides and one for branch specific guides.
Finding the Answers: World War II Travel in Europe
Finding the Answers: Researching World War II Army Service Part 1
Finding the Answers: Researching World War II Army Service Part 2
You can download our flyer for all our quick guides here to share with your genealogy societies, libraries, military museums, archives, and other organizations.
There are more Quick Guides coming this spring along with some online courses to help you move from the information in these guides to deeper levels of research into the records. If you haven’t joined our newsletter list, you might consider it. Announcements will be made to our subscribers about the new courses and discounts when they are offered.
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Marjorie McConnell says
I enjoyed listening to you today at RootsTech. I am wondering what additional information I might find on my father and my uncle. My father served in WWII, European Theater. I have his discharge papers which give me his rank, responsibility, where he served. Would I learn any more by searching the Veterans World History Project? His brother, my uncle, also served but he did not leave the U.S. He did, however, enlist twice. They both died very young, my father was 51 and his brother 40, their parents and my mother have also passed so I have no one to ask. Thank you for any direction you can give me. Marjorie
Jennifer Holik says
I’m going to email you to respond to this. There are many other records you can get using the information on the Discharge paper as a start point to work backward. The Veterans Oral History project may have interviews that will give you historical context to service. For example, if your dad and uncle served in the 99th Infantry Division as an infantryman – listening to those oral histories specifically for the 99th will give you an idea of what battle and Army life was like. Probably won’t mention your dad but you never know. I’ll email you and give you some project options because you’ll either have to go to NPRC in St. Louis or hire a researcher. My firm is taking clients right now with no wait list.