Second to the Last to Leave: The Story of the USS Arizona’s Greatest Escape

On the fateful morning of 7 December 1941, battleship USS Arizona, carrying her crew of 1,512 men, was attacked and bombed by the Imperial Japanese Armed Forces. As the battleship sunk to her fiery death, only 335 of her crew made it out alive, and today, only five survivors remain.   Lauren Bruner is a Read More

World War II Research Guide

If you have World War II veterans in your family, you can honor them by documenting their service in your family history. Unfortunately, due to privacy restrictions, many family historians have the misconception that it’s a lost cause trying to obtain the records of WWII veterans. Fortunately, there are ways to uncover details of your Read More

Expand and Enhance Your World War II Research and Knowledge

Are you stuck in your World War II research and unsure where to go next? Have you exhausted all of the resources on Ancestry.com trying to answer the questions you have about your soldier’s service? Have you taken the time to explore record sets which do not answer specific questions about your soldier? Record sets Read More

Collaboration in World War II Research

Most of us have heard that two heads are better than one. This is especially true with World War II research. Just as with any genealogical research, one person does not know everything. One database or record repository does not have all the records or the entire story. Working together, collaborating, through different avenues, we Read More

Attaching Correct Information to Your World War II Veterans

Last month I wrote an article called Combining World War II Research on Fold3 with Your Ancestry Family Tree. This month we will look at Ancestry family trees in another way. Ancestry family trees offer researchers a way to organize their research and share it with the world. We can search for a multitude of… Read more

Combining World War II Research on Fold3 with Your Ancestry Family Tree

Ancestry family trees provide researchers with a wealth of resources to help locate names, dates, and places within records, that can help us build a story about an individual and his or her family. Genealogical research should be more than a collection of names, dates, and places. Luckily, Ancestry family trees help us move beyond collecting… Read more

World War II Case Study: Minor L. Dickerson

Researching the service of World War II personnel can be time intensive, but with each step we add pieces of the puzzle that help us see the larger picture. Each researcher begins the process in a different place, depending on the information they have at the beginning of their journey. One place you can start research for… Read more