Posted by Jennifer Holik on December 5, 2016 in Guest Bloggers

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

"Standing in the grassy sod bordering row upon row of white crosses in an American cemetery, two dungaree-clad Coast Guardsmen pay silent homage to the memory of a fellow Coast Guardsman who lost his life in action in the Ryukyu Islands. Benrud, ca. 1945. 26-G-4730" via Archives.
“Standing in the grassy sod bordering row upon row of white crosses in an American cemetery, two dungaree-clad Coast Guardsmen pay silent homage to the memory of a fellow Coast Guardsman who lost his life in action in the Ryukyu Islands. Benrud, ca. 1945. 26-G-4730” via Archives.

obtain the records of WWII veterans. Fortunately, there are ways to uncover details of your World War II ancestor’s service. By constructing timelines and seeking out the records of their service in online and offline repositories, you can tell the story of their service to our country.

Professional researcher and WWII expert, Jennifer Holik has compiled a helpful WWII research guide using her past guest blog posts, which cover everything from reconstructing records destroyed by the infamous 1973 St. Louis fire to how to enhance your research using Fold3. She’s also given us step-by-step instructions on how to request WWII records.

Download Jennifer Holik’s WWII research guide here.

Have WWII research questions? Connect with Jennifer Holik on her website or Facebook page.

Jennifer Holik

Jennifer Holik is an international WWII researcher, speaker, and author of the only authoritative books on the market, “Stories from the World War II Battlefield,” which teach individuals how to research WWII service across any branch. She can be found at her website The World War II Research and Writing Center or on Facebook.

7 Comments

  1. Rosemary Holland LeFlore

    My father was Arthur Lawson Holland(1907 – 1963) who was in World War II. He went through boot camp at Camp Fannin in Tyler, Texas and was stationed at Fort Sam Houston for most of his tenure in the service. I don’t know his unit, and I would like to. I’m not sure of my website either. Can you reach me through my email address?
    Rosemary LeFlore

  2. Chuck Wicks

    I’m getting ready to retrace my grandfathers steps through WWII. He was in the battle of the bulge. He is buried at the Igo Veterans Cemetery, it by Redding CA. If you have any tips on ways to trace there steps it would be greatly appreciated. I have access to his DD-214 number.
    Sincerely,
    Chuck Wicks

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