RootsTech 2018, February 28 – March 3, 2018
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Finding the Answers: The Basics of World War II Research Wednesday 3:00 p.m.
All the records burned! A fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, in 1973, destroyed approximately 80% of the Army, Air Forces, and National Guard records. This is not the end of the research possibilities for researchers. Many alternative record sources exist to reconstruct service history. Learn how to research World War I and II records for any branch of the military and civilian service, in this informative program. In this engaging and informative presentation, you will learn: A trip through time, exploring the service history of several men and women. Explore resources to search prior to obtaining military and civilian records. Provide information on obtaining Official Military Personnel Files and Civilian Files. Show you what military records can be used to reconstruct service history. Tips on weaving military, genealogical, and historical records together. A brief exploration of the Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF).
The Greatest Generation: Advanced World War II Research Thursday 4:30 p.m.
The follow-up to Finding the Answers. It will be assumed attendees have basic knowledge about World War I and II research. After briefly touching on the basics of obtaining the OMPF, attendees will learn about additional records to trace the service of their soldier, sailor, or Marine in World War II. In this engaging and informative presentation, Jennifer shares: A trip through time, exploring the service history of several men and women. A brief recap on starting research and obtaining the Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). Air Force Accident Reports, Missing Air Crew Reports, Navy/Marine Corps Mission Reports. A look at Casualty and Prisoner of War (POW) records. Tips on weaving military, genealogical, and historical records together. Using Museums for research.
World War II Sacrifice Friday 11:00 a.m.
This program is NOT suitable for children. What happened to our soldiers, sailors, and Marines who died in World War II? What policies and procedures were, and were not, in place to handle our valiant dead? Who took care of the honored dead? Why did some soldiers return to the United States, while others still sleep overseas? Why are some still considered Missing In Action or unrecoverable? In this engaging and informative presentation, Jennifer shares: A trip through time, exploring the service history of James Privoznik, who was Killed In Action 11 January 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge. Discuss the history of the Graves Registration Service and their job during and after the war. Show you what the IDPF (Individual Deceased Personnel File) is, and how it can help you reconstruct service, and understand what happened to your deceased soldier. Learn why records and personal effects may not exist. Resources for the Prisoners, the Missing, and the Dead.
Battlefield Stories: Writing Your Stories of War Saturday 11:00 a.m.
Have you researched your World War II soldier or civilian and need tips on where to go next? Have you organized your materials – digital and paper records? Have you written the story? Are you unsure where to start? Using organizational tips, attendees will learn ways to organize their military records. Then using examples of writing prompts and writing formulas, attendees will learn ways to begin writing their World War II stories. In this hands-on, engaging, and informative presentation, Jennifer shares: • Basic World War II research tips for soldier research. • Tips on organizing military records, both digital and paper. • A formula for writing a military story • Writing prompts to get your writing flowing.