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The National Archives Announces Partnership to Digitize WWII Aerial Photography

The following is from the National Archives Press/Journalists webpage. November 2, 2015 Washington, DC… The National Archives today announced its partnership with the National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP) to digitize historic World War II aerial photography. For the first time, these historically valuable images will be made accessible online to anyone, anywhere. This partnership […]

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National Public Radio Has Posted a Database of American Vets Secretly Exposed to Mustard Agent During WWII

National Public Radio has posted a database of American veterans who were secretly exposed to mustard agent during WWII. I tried out the search engine and immediately located two Canfields in the database. Click on over, read the full article, and search for your family members. The following teaser is from the article posted November […]

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The World War II Research and Writing Center Website

With the release of the British 1939 Register at the FindMyPast website, we’re once again discussing WWII research. When I got involved in genealogy forty years ago, WWII was a rather recent occurrence and many of us just skipped right over it while doing our research. Now – with 70 years separating us since the […]

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The Holocaust Center for Humanity Opens in Seattle

A Holocaust museum has opened in the Pacific Northwest. According to the website, it’s called The Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity, and is located at 2045 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121. For those familiar with downtown Seattle, that’s the corner of 2nd Avenue and Lenora. I first heard about the center a […]

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New FamilySearch Database Collections Update for October 5, 2015

The following is from FamilySearch: Major additions this week to the United States World War II Draft Registration Cards 1942, Brazil Sao Paulo Immigration Cards 1902-1980, Colombia Catholic Church Records 1576-2014, Italy Asti Civil Registration (State Archive) 1803-1814 1911-1935, Maryland Baltimore Passenger Lists 1820-1948, Massachusetts Boston Crew Lists 1811-1921, and New Zealand Archives New Zealand […]

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Google Posts Largest Online Archive of WWII Russian War Letters

The following excerpt is from an article posted at Google collects the biggest online archive of war letters in Russia. The project is fronted by a typographic illustration by Willem Rabe. A typographic illustration made up of characters from around 800 documents serves as the interface to the biggest online archive of Russian frontline […]

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British WWII Prisoners of War Records Published Online as Britain Marks 70th Anniversary

The following is from FindMyPast: Today, 4 September 2015, one million records of service men, women and civilians who were taken captive during World War II are published online for the first time at Findmypast. The publication, in association with The National Archives, marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on […]

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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Launches New Online Resources

The following is from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: The digitized records cover British, Irish and Commonwealth casualties from the Second World War, together with records for most other nationals commemorated at CWGC sites: this includes the records for German soldiers. The release of the CWGC’s Second World War records follows the successful release […]

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The Return of a World War II Japanese Photo Album Found in Foxhole

The following teaser is from an article posted August 16, 2015 at For years after World War II, the photos of the Japanese families mesmerized Grace Hessman. She would turn the pages of the photo album and study the exquisitely dressed ladies and the men in their military uniforms. “It was like nothing I […]

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Ancestry Employee Fired for Attempted Record Destruction at Federal Records Center

According to a March 27, 2015 article posted at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, is currently suspended from digitizing 49 million WWII Draft cards at the Federal Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. An Ancestry employee, seemingly running behind on their work, was caught attempting to destroy records. Ancestry is under contract to digitize […]

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Fold3 Offering Free Access to Their WWII Collections Through November 30

I’ve been a Fold3 subscriber since the website started years ago. If I’m looking for military record images and data, it is the first place I search. Although I’ve been traveling, making this announcement is a bit late on my part, I’d like to pass along that Fold3 is offering free access to their WWII […]

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FamilySearch Adds Over 3.7 Million Indexed Records & Images to Brazil, Canada, Croatia, England, Germany, Isle of Man, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, and the USA

The following is compiled from the last two collection updates from FamilySearch (those for July 19 and July 25, 2014): During the week ending July 25, 2014, FamilySearch has added more than 1.7 million indexed records and images to collections from Canada, Croatia, Peru, Poland, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,160,179 […]

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London & Northern Ireland Military Newspaper Editions from World War II to Debut On Stars and Stripes’ Online Archive

Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 05, 2014 Stars and Stripes first launched its digital archive in 2008 with over 1.0 million newspaper pages spanning 1948 through 1999. Fittingly, the World War II editions will begin to become available on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Originally established in London in 1942 for American military service […]

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Fold3 Makes Their WWII Records Available for FREE Thru Memorial Day

Fold3 is offering its World War II military records totally free through Memorial Day, Monday, May 31. Some of the records you can view are: Army Enlistment Records Casualty Lists Department of Veterans Affairs – BIRLS Death File Draft Registration Cards Missing Air Crew Reports Navy Muster Rolls Photos

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BBC Scotland has created an Online Database of 21,740 Scots Who Died During WWII

The following excerpt is from an article posted at the May 7, 2014 BBC website. To mark the 69th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day BBC Scotland has created an ONLINE DATABASE of 21,740 of the 57,000 Scots who died during World War Two. Etched into sun-seared stone, the names of hundreds of Scots […]

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