As this nation continues to commemorate the 75th anniversary of World War II’s D-Day, the National Archives has posted links to its records pertaining to that event at https://tinyurl.com/y5wh53qh. These include climate conditions, General Eisenhower’s messages, invasion planning, naval operations, correspondence files, awards, cemeteries & memorials, other sources (such as blog posts, Prologue articles and teaching resources) and requesting records.
Many records relating to D-Day also are described in NARA’s Archives Catalog (https://tinyurl.com/y5pvdvgg.)
Researching WWII ancestors
Nancy Hendrickson has posted an article on Ancestor News: WWII Ancestors, at https://tinyurl.com/yxrg33ox, that provides some helpful links to WWII-related sites. For example, there is a link to the National Personnel Records Center so that one may request military service records (DD 214 Separation Documents, Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), replacement medals, medical records, and burial and emergency requests.
As mentioned in this column last year (March 25, 2018), the National Archives has posted a free booklet online, “Researching American Military and Civilian Records From World War II” at http://tinyurl.com/yd3s66q5.
This guide was created “to assist veterans and their families in obtaining copies of their military personnel files from the National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri.”
“Details in this guide include the types of records available, where they are located, and how to obtain copies … (as well as information on) WWII units and ships.”
Family History Fanatics has posted a helpful blog at https://tinyurl.com/y5zqzfl2: “14 Genealogy Videos to Enjoy This Week.” (They include an interview of genealogist Amy Johnson Crow titled “Tips for Donating Your Genealogy to Archives.”)
The website called ConferenceKeeper calls itself “the most complete calendar and collection of genealogy events on the Internet.” The website also posts grants and scholarships, volunteer opportunities, travel tours and cruises, a contest page (with genealogy-related giveaways), and more. Local, state, national, and international societies are welcome to submit information—completely free. Visit https://tinyurl.com/y3t7xbda.
For example, the Indiana Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Grant Program awards up to $1,000 in each of three categories: Cemetery Restoration Grant, Resource Development Grant, Chapter Resource Grant. Application deadline is Dec. 31 of each year.
Of course, the quarterly grant from Honoring Our Ancestors’ Megan Smolenyak, often mentioned in this column, is listed. Has your local society applied for her Seton Shields Genealogy Grant to help finance your society’s latest project? It’s easy — really!
Genealogist Penny Allen’s blog, UK to Canada Genealogy, at https://tinyurl.com/yyhswv9j, includes an index to her blog articles which cover a wide range of topics from births, marriages and deaths (BMDs) in each province to British WWII War Brides.
She notes that “dates of Canadian vital statistics registration vary from province to province "… (and) the records are not held in a central repository with the Government of Canada.” Links to each province’s searchable database of BMDs can be found at https://tinyurl.com/zmala2g. (Readers’ comments also helpful.)
Queries, as well as a general exchange of genealogical material that readers would like to share, will be printed in the column for free. Contact Joan Griffis by e-mailing JBGriffis@aol.com.