Upcoming WWII Appearances

August 2015 – Date and Time TBD
The Day That Lived in Infamy. Navigating World War II Military Records
All the records did not burn! Learn the basics of how to begin researching your World War II military ancestors. We will explore numerous military records, books, photographs, and family stories.This program will be held in as part of the National Timberwolf Pups Association (104th Infantry Division) reunion in New Orleans, LA. Registration fee and details to follow. Space will be extremely limited.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
The Day That Lived in Infamy. Navigating World War II Military Records
All the records did not burn! Learn the basics of how to begin researching your World War II military ancestors. We will explore numerous military records, books, photographs, and family stories.This program will be held at the Fountaindale Public Library as part of the Genealogy Group’s monthly meeting.

Sunday, September 13, 2015, 3:00 p.m.
Finishing the Story
Tracing the life of a World War I or II soldier can be challenging. Many researchers are unaware of the many records and resources available outside of the usual genealogical record sources. Explore the lives, service, and deaths of three soldiers, through the usual genealogical records and learn about numerous military resources available. Through a brief reading from her new book Stories of the Lost, Jennifer will demonstrate how to write the stories of your Soldier. This event will be held at the Elmhurst Public Library.

Thursday, October 8, 2015 7:00 p.m.

The Day That Lived in Infamy. Navigating World War II Military Records
All the records did not burn! Learn the basics of how to begin researching your World War II military ancestors. We will explore numerous military records, books, photographs, and family stories.This program will be held at the Ela Area Public Library, Lake Zurich.

Saturday, October 24, 2015, 13.00 (1:00 p.m.)
The Liberators. Reconstructing Army and Air Corps World War II Military Service
During 1944 and 1945, thousands of men and women serving in the U.S. Army and Army Air Forces, fought to defeat Germany and liberate Europe. Their stories are those of life and death, hope, friendship, love, memories of those left behind, and dreams of the future.

Many questions surround the service history of these men and women. How does one conduct research from Europe? What records are available and how can they be accessed? How can individuals connect with families of the fallen, the sweethearts, or who shared their homes during the war? And finally, how can we preserve their stories?

This program will be held at the CRASH ’40-45 Museum in Aalsmeerderbrug, Netherlands.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 20:30 (8:30 p.m.)
Stories of Our Past Program during Liberation Day in Tilburg, Netherlands

The past is all around us. No matter where we live, there are stories that bind us together and link the past to the present. This is especially true when we think about World War II. All we have to do is open the door to the past and walk through. There we will discover the people, places, and events which have stories to share. Stories which help us remember and honor those who fought and died, and those left behind at home.

Where do we find the stories of our past? How can we capture them? How can we tell the stories of the past so the people, places, and events will not be forgotten? How do we honor the memory of those who died? And, how do we instill these stories and love of country in our children?

Listen to the stories of the Liberators, their families, the fallen, the civilians, those who adopt graves today, and those who preserve the stories of World War II. Learn ways to preserve those stories so they are passed to future generations. Through our stories, the past will come alive and all those who lived will not be forgotten.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 19.30 (7:30 p.m.)
The Liberators. Reconstructing Army and Air Corps World War II Military Service
During 1944 and 1945, thousands of men and women serving in the U.S. Army and Army Air Forces, fought to defeat Germany and liberate Europe. Their stories are those of life and death, hope, friendship, love, memories of those left behind, and dreams of the future.

Many questions surround the service history of these men and women. How does one conduct research from Europe? What records are available and how can they be accessed? How can individuals connect with families of the fallen, the sweethearts, or who shared their homes during the war? And finally, how can we preserve their stories?

This program will be held at the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945 in Groesbeek, Netherlands.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Stories of the Lost
A continuation of “Finishing the Story,” we will explore the records available to tell the stories of those who died in service. We will also discuss those who took care of our Soldier Dead, the Graves Registration Service men. Learn about their job and the reasons it took so long to have our soldiers repatriated and what happened to the personal effects during the course of recovery and repatriation. This event will be held at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Finishing the Story
Tracing the life of a World War I or II soldier can be challenging. Many researchers are unaware of the many records and resources available outside of the usual genealogical record sources. Explore the lives, service, and deaths of three soldiers, through the usual genealogical records and learn about numerous military resources available. Through a brief reading from her new book Stories of the Lost, Jennifer will demonstrate how to write the stories of your Soldier. This event will be held at the Orland Park Library.

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Military Monday – U.S. Submarine Men Lost During World War II Book Review

Six Sub booksLast week I was at Pritzker Military Museum and Library doing some research and writing and found a set of six books called United States Submarine Men Lost During World War II. The book series is based on a research project by Paul W. Wittmer and Charles R. Hinman. This book is a compilation of basic information on all the known men who died while in, or were attached to, a command of the U.S. Submarine Service, including passengers lost on U.S. submarines.

The books are incredible. On each page are two entries for men. Almost every entry contains a photograph of the man. Each entry also includes the following information:

  • Full name and rank
  • Submarine on which he was lost
  • Date or approximate date of loss
  • Hometown, place entered service from and when, and where he lived in 1930 based on the census
  • Where he is buried or which Table of the Missing he is listed on through the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)
  • Birth date, place, and parents names with address listed in military service file

A variety of sources was used to compile these books. Lists were compiled from State lists of individuals Killed In Action. Then the Naval service file (OMPF) was used to extract data. Ancestry.com resources such as family trees, census records, and vital records were used.

There are a couple of important notes in the front of the book. These are vital to the research we do and results we find.

  • Ancestry.com apparently, at some point, made a sweeping change to place of death for all U.S. Submariners “Lost At Sea.” The author stated Lost At Sea is appropriate and correct but the change made it to say “Lost City, West Virginia.”
  • The author also mentions discrepancies in the ABMC database online with date of death versus the finding of death date (one year plus one day of the Missing In Action date.) I have encountered this discrepancy with Bomber crew graves. It seems while the Finding of Death date is the official date of death for those MIA and unrecovered at that point, so the family can get the insurance payment and death gratuity – if it was “likely” the man was KIA then that date seems to be what appears in the database. For example, 2nd Lt. Fred Davis, pilot of a bomber which crashed 2 November 1943 in Austria was given a Finding of Death 3 November 1944. Yet his grave says the death date is 2 November 1943. Again, when we research, we must look at all the records and attempt to resolve discrepancies.

If you are interested in submariners who were lost during World War II or are researching the service of one, I highly recommend this book series. Just remember to use the information provided with other official military and civilian records.

© 2015 Jennifer Holik

 

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Military Monday – CRASH ’40-’45 Museum Speaking Engagement

I recently confirmed another speaking engagement in the Netherlands this fall.

Saturday, October 24, 13.00 (1:00 p.m.)
The Liberators. Reconstructing Army and Air Corps World War II Military Service
During 1944 and 1945, thousands of men and women serving in the U.S. Army and Army Air Forces, fought to defeat Germany and liberate Europe. Their stories are those of life and death, hope, friendship, love, memories of those left behind, and dreams of the future.

Many questions surround the service history of these men and women. How does one conduct research from Europe? What records are available and how can they be accessed? How can individuals connect with families of the fallen, the sweethearts, or who shared their homes during the war? And finally, how can we preserve their stories?

This program will be held at the CRASH ’40-45 Museum in Aalsmeerderbrug, Netherlands.

© 2015 Jennifer Holik

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