United States, Records of World War II Prisoners of War - FamilySearch Historical Records
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United States, World War II Prisoners of War, 1941-1945
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|Record Type||Prisoners of War|
|Record Group||RG 389: Records of the Office of the Provost Marshal General, 1941-|
|National Archives Identifier||583428|
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- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection contains a name index of American soldiers who were prisoners of war during World War II acquired from the National Archives, "Access to Archival Databases" (AAD). The records are from the Office of the Provost Marshal General, Record Group 389.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:
- Date of report
- Full name of soldier
- State of residence
- Parent unit number
- Type of organization
- Latest report day
- Name of camp
- Name of transport ship
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 the soldier
- The age of the soldier
- The birth date of the soldier
- The death date of the soldier
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]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name
- Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records
- Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date
- Prisoners 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 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
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the United States.
- US Military Basic Search Strategies
- Beginning Research in United States Military Recordss Records]]
- United States Guided Research
- United States Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]
- Ben DeWhitt and Jennifer Davis Heaps, comp. Records relating to personal participation in World War II : American prisoners of war and civilian internees.Washington, D.C. : National Archives and Records Administration, 1992
Related FamilySearch historical Record Collections[edit | edit source]
- United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
- United States World War II Prisoners of War of the Japanese, 1941-1945
Related Digital Books[edit | edit source]
- Federal records of World War II. volume 2. Washington, D.C. : National Archives and Records Service, 1951
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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