United States, Japanese Americans Relocated During World War II - FamilySearch Historical Records
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United States Japanese Americans Relocated During World War II, 1942-1946
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|Record Type||World War II Relocation Records|
|Record Group||RG 210: Records of the War Relocation Authority|
|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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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- 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:
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
To begin your search you will need to know:
- The full name of your ancestor
- The approximate age of your ancestor
- The place of birth or death
- The names of other family members
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date
- Japanese who enlisted in the United States military may have service records or pensions from the United States
- Compile a list of other prisoners with the same surname. If the surname is uncommon, they may be relatives
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
- 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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Related Family Search Library Holdings[edit | edit source]
- Final Accountability Rosters of Evacuees at Relocation Centers
- Census of Gila River Japanese concentration camp, Dec. 31, 1944
- Final Accountability Roster Gila River Relocation Center, November,1945
- Paul Bailey. City in the sun : the Japanese concentration camp at Poston, Arizona. Los Angeles, California : Westernlore Press, c1971. FHL 979.172 F2b
- Edward N. Barnhart. Japanese American evacuation and resettlement : catalog of material in the General Library. Berkeley, California : Library Photographic Service, University of California, 19--original; published: Berkeley : University of California, General Library, 1958
FamilySearch Historical Records[edit | edit source]
- California Immigration Registers of Japanese, Filipinos, and Hawaiians at San Francisco, 1928-1942.
- United States, War Relocation Authority centers, final accountability rosters, 1942-1946
- Idaho, Jerome County Historical Society, Minidoka Japanese Relocation Center Military Records, 1942-1945
- Idaho, Jerome County Historical Society, Minidoka Japanese Relocation Center Mixed Vital Records, 1942-1945
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