13 December 2010

Free WWII Databases at Footnote.com, NARA and elsewhere

Many of you probably noticed that last week, December 7th, was the 69th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

To commemorate that infamous day and World War II, subscription web-site Footnote.com has made two databases from its collection FREE during the month of December.

  • Pearl Harbor Muster rolls, the quarterly Muster Rolls and related documents for the United States Navy’s fighting ships, ground organizations, and shore facilities that were present on the island of Oahu during the attack. 
  • World War II Diaries, 1942-1945, submitted by most units in the Navy (most Marine Corps war diaries were submitted by aviation units such as fighter squadrons), provide a day-to-day record of operational and sometimes administrative activities. This database contains 251,082 document images. 
Additionally, there are other databases, free to the general public, which also commemorate WWII.  A couple of these are:
  • The National World War II Memorial includes a registry of citizens who contributed to the war effort, including army service members. This list was compiled by public enrollment and governmental sources. The registry can be searched for free.
  • NARA's Access to Archival Databases has several databases regarding World War II army service, such as listings of prisoners of war (c. 1941-1946) and U.S. Army enlistment records (c. 1938-1946).
Take this opportunity to research an ancestors’ World War II participation.

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