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#1 andrwoo



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Posted 24 February 2015 - 01:35 PM

I have tried to do several searches on the forum looking for a thread that links online searchable databases for genealogy and military records. I have not found one. I think it would be nice if we had a pinned thread with links to websites that had available search tools, records, documents, and photos available for viewing or requesting information. 


Ideally in this thread there would be NO posting other than the link with explanation. In order to make the thread easier to navigate and find the links, ideally, their would be no postings requesting information, saying thank you or nice find, etc. 


I'll start:


Arlington National Cemetery Search Tool


Arlington National Cemetery's app, ANC Explorer, enables families, visitors and the public to locate gravesites, events or other points of interest throughout the cemetery; view front-and-back headstone photos and points of interest; and receive directions to these locations. The latest version also includes self-guided tours, easy access to general information, and provides the ability to save searched burial records to a mobile device.


US Department of Veterans Affairs Nationwide Gravesite Locator


Search for burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker. The Nationwide Gravesite Locator includes burial records from many sources. These sources provide varied data; some searches may contain less information than others. Information on veterans buried in private cemeteries was collected for the purpose of furnishing government grave markers, and we do not have information available for burials prior to 1997.
ABMC administers, operates and maintains 25 permanent American military cemeteries and 26 federal memorial, monuments and markers, which are located in 16 foreign countries, the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the British Dependency of Gibraltar; three of the memorials are located within the United States. These cemeteries and memorials, most of which commemorate the service and sacrifice of Americans who served in World War I and World II, are among the most beautiful and meticulously maintained shrines in the world.
The current status is that the website serves as a starting point for many people who want to know or research anything on the subject of the 83rd Infantry Division during World War 2. It is also a dedication to the men of the 83rd that gave their future for our freedom so that they may never be forgotten. I would like to ask everyone who has documents, whether they are reports, personal diaries, stories or pictures and is willing to share them to contact me at picture. Tips and or remarks can also be sent there.

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Posted 24 February 2015 - 02:03 PM

Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Casualty & Cemetery search.


Geoff's WW2 search engine:
Searches the same/similar records as the above, but can come up with different results depending on criteria - was the first to offer more detailed searches of CWGC with regiment etc., and thankfully they appear to have taken notice.


1914-1921 variant of the above:


A smidge of trumpet-blowing, but the British Army Number block allocations that Geoff Reeves compiled can be indispensable when pinning down an individual:
WW2Talk - British Army Number Block Allocations


Corps of Military Police - Casualties, Honours, Decorations, PoWs:

Maybe slightly off the wall, but Kevin's lists of AFV names may help some people tracking individuals and who they might have served with down from photos.
(I don't think that's the latest iteration - search the mushroom models page for a more up to date one).

I know there are more. Memory fails though.
A few chaps I know of are currently building databases in assorted fields, but it seems unwise to share them until they're more solid.

Lots of photographic archives of headstones out there too.
I'll add Spidge/Geoff's Royal Australian Air Force one he's built over the years:
Sensible use of Friendface:
And the umbrella RAAFDB site:

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Posted 24 February 2015 - 10:34 PM

The China-Burma-India Theater of World War II


A large collection of of links, publications, stories, and photographs about the China-Burma-India Theater (CBI), which is often referred to as The Forgotten Theater of World War II.  Of the 12,300,000 Americans under arms at the height of World War II mobilization, only about 250,000 (two percent) were assigned to the CBI Theater, making CBI Veterans are Unique more than just a slogan. 

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 12:32 AM

The Internet Archive


The Internet Archive, a 501©(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public.


This site is loaded with stuff. It is tricky to find specific things but there is a ton of documents, film footage, interviews, etc.. For example I simply typed in Iwo Jima and saw tons of film and documents. Video of aerial bombings of Mt. Suribachi, marine landings, etc. No telling what is to be found on this site.

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 01:04 PM

Free search for arrivals back to the US from Overseas

New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957


Many of the returning troops arrived through NY.

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 01:37 PM

NARA searchable database for WWII Enlistment Records, as well as POW records.



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Posted 01 April 2015 - 02:35 PM



US Army, Can search by laundry number, service number, and surname

Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: Cemetery, Service Records, Genealogy, Gravesite

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