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Online World War II Indexes & Records - USA
- World War II Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File This database contains records of aboout 9 million men and women who enlisted in the United States Army, including the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC, later WAC). Although incomplete, the records contain data for a majority of the enlistments in the US Army during World War II, including each person's serial number. Also available online at Fold3/formerly Footnote (easier to search):
- Ancestry's World War II Records Collection (requires payment) includes...
- U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
- U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945
- World War II & Korean War Veterans Buried Overseas nearly 160,000 listings -- Title of the records in this database: "Register, World War II Dead Interred in American Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil, and World War II and Korea Missing or Lost or Buried at Sea"
- U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949
- U.S. Navy Cruise Books Index, 1918-2009
- U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls, 1798-1958
- U.S. World War II Cadet Nursing Corps Card Files, 1942-1948
- American Jewish Historical Society WWII Jewish Servicemen Cards, 1942-1947
- World War II Prisoners of War, 1941-1946; and WWII Prisoners of the Japanese, 1941-1945
- World War II Young American Patriots, 1941-1945
- World War II Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Casualties, 1941-1945
- World War II Japanese-American Internment Camp Documents, 1942-1946
- WWII U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Muster Rolls, 1939-1949
- A subscription also includes the WWII draft cards listed next...
- World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (at Ancestry/requires payment) from the Fourth Registration, referred to as the "old man's registration," conducted on 27 April 1942 -- for men born on or between 28 April 1877 and 16 February 1897. Digitized WWII fourth registration draft cards are presently available at Ancestry for the following states: Alaska, Arkansas (partial), California (partial), Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana (partial), Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York (partial), Ohio (partial), Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
- World War II Draft Cards - Fourth Registration at FamilySearch (includes index and digitized images of the draft cards) for Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York City (the Bronx, Kings County/Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island), Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
- World War II Documents and Records at Fold3 (formerly Footnote) (requires payment) includes...
- Interactive USS Arizona Memorial
- WWII Hero Pages
- WWII Photos
- WWII Documents and Records including: Submarine Patrol Reports, Missing Air Crew Reports, Pearl Harbor Muster Rolls, Naval Press Clippings, Army and Navy JAG Files, and more
- Access to Archival Databases (AAD) from the US National Archives - included are some WWII related databases such as...
- World War II Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File (see description above)
- World War II Prisoners of War File, ca. 1942 - ca. 1947
- World War II Prisoners of the Japanese - Data File
- Japanese-American Internee File, 1942-1946
- American Merchant Marine Databases includes: Names of WWII Merchant Marine Killed, Names and Fates of WWII Merchant Marine POWs, Names of U.S. Naval Armed Guard Killed and Wounded
World War II Records by State
General Databases with WWII Records - USA
Where to Order Records - USA
- The National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO has 20th Century military records for discharged and deceased veterans. Click on the link for information about these records. Be aware that a 1973 fire destroyed about 80% of the Army records (1912-1959) and 75% of the Air Force records (1947-1963). However, in some cases alternate sources were used to reconstruct some basic service information. There may be restrictions on who can order these records. And there may be a fee to obtain copies.
International Section - WWII Records from Other Countries
- Germany: National German Military Grave Registration Service (this site is in German)
A database of more than 2 million names of missing and dead German soldiers from both World Wars. Notes for searching: Nachname=surname; Vorname=first name; supplying a date of birth or death is optional. Click on "Suche beginnen" to start your search. You then must register with your name and address to continue the search. On the registration form, the following items are required: Vorname (first name), Nachname (last name), Straße / Nr. (Street & Number), Land/Plz/Ort (Country/Postal or Zip Code/City). Then click on "Zur Ergebniseite" to continue. On the next screen click "Suchanfrage ausführen."
- Russia: Soviet Union WWII Prisoners of War Database (website is in Russian or German)
Contains data on about 750,000 Soviet prisoners of war who died in Nazi concentration camps. Also has information on Germans who were released from captivity in the Soviet Union in the 1940s and 1950s.