Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen
Fold3, a member of the Ancestry.com family, is offering free access to their World War II collection through May 31 in commemoration of Memorial Day. Their WWII collection includes: WWII documents, records, and images, including draft registration cards, Army enlistment records, Navy muster rolls, "Old Man's Draft" registration cards, missing air crew reports, casualty lists, and more. You can also explore records that provide historical context, such as Navy war diaries, submarine patrol reports, naval press clippings, JAG case files, European Theater Army records, US Air Force photos, and beyond. Also included are the extensive Holocaust Collection and the interactive USS Arizona Memorial. To access the WWII collection go to: http://tinyurl.com/lmzqt59 Original url: http://go.fold3.com/wwii/?xid=1744&utm_source=content&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=odp-wwii-may2014.
The holocaust collection may be found at: http://tinyurl.com/mkh5g7b Original url: http://go.fold3.com/holocaust/?xid=1744&utm_source=content&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=odp-wwii-may2014
Fold 3’s Holocaust collection is from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Archives (US).
Fold3 offers Memorial Pages—you can create one in memory of someone in your family or anyone who served in a US conflict—on Fold3's Honor Wall. If a search of the Honor Wall for the person's name doesn't bring up an existing Memorial Page, you can easily create one yourself. Not only can you include documents and images from Fold3's collections on a Memorial Page, but you can upload records and photos from your own collection and add facts, stories, and memories to the page. To get to the Memorial Wall go to: http://tinyurl.com/kr7d6k5 Original url: http://www.fold3.com/wall/?xid=1744&utm_source=content&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=odp-wwii-may2014
Ancestry.com has added a new downloadable, free guide on five different military records in their collection: U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 18661938; US Navy Cruise Books 1918-2009; War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index, 1812-1815; U.S., Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900; and the Records of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). To access the handout go to: http://tinyurl.com/klpnryd http://c.mfcreative.com/mars/email/amu/2014-05/us/201405militaryguide.pdf?o_xid=60319&o_lid=60319&o_sch=Email
I have no affiliation with Ancestry.com or its affiliates and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee