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United States Japanese Americans Relocated During World War II, 1942-1946
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Record Description
Record Type World War II Relocation Records
Record Group RG 210: Records of the War Relocation Authority
Collection years 1942-1946
National Archives Identifier 574045 537
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection is a name index of Japanese Americans living in Washington, Oregon, and California who were relocated during World War II. The index is part of Record Group 210, Records of the War Relocation Authority. Additional information about this collection may be found on the National Archives page, Series Description, Records About Japanese Americans Relocated During World War II, created, 1988 - 1989, documenting the period 1942 - 1946 and NAID 1264228, (Japanese-American Internee Data File), 1942 - 1946.

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  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Birthplace
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Marital Status
  • Place of residence
  • Birthplace of parents
  • Alien Registration Number
  • Social Security Number
  • Japanese Language School

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample of indexed information:

Chonosuk Ito United States Japanese Americans Relocated During World War II
Name Chonosuk Ito
Event Type Move
Event Date 1942-1946
Event Place Santa Anita
Relocation Project Central Utah (Abraham)
Residence Place San Francisco, California
Gender Male
Age in Japan Note Between ages 0 - 9 and also 10 - 19
Birth Year 1889
Birthplace Urbn Prefectures (Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo), Japan
Length of Time in Japan 15 yrs. but less than 20 yrs.
Number of Times in Japan 1 time not attending school
Arrival Year 1906
Marital Status Single
Race Japanese
Spouse's Race No spouse
Father's Birthplace Japan
Father's Occupation Abroad Managerial and official (except farm)
Mother's Birthplace Japan
Alien Registration Note Has not attended Japanese Language School, Has both A.R. and S.S. Number

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  • The place of birth or death
  • The names of other family members

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  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor

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