Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Researching Pearl Harbor

Today is the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and a time to remember those who died there in our research.

What genealogy resources available to study Pearl Harbor? You can start by visiting the National Park Service website. At http://www.nps.gov/valr/historyculture/people.htm, you will find a list of those killed during the Pearl Harbor attacks, both civilian and military. Poignantly, you will also find the names of those brothers assigned to serve together on the U.S.S. Arizona. While some survived, many did not. You may also consider visiting the U.S. Navy's website about Pearl Harbor at http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/wwii-pac/pearlhbr/pearlhbr.htm. Filled with information about and images of the attacks, the site will help you better understand what survivors experiences. Finally, you can search for survivors records by name among World War II military records. Each site will provide you a little more information about those who served.

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