United States, American Prisoners of War During the Korean War (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Prisoner of War Records
Record Group RG 319: Records of the Army Staff
Collection years 1950-1953
National Archives Identifier 583429
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What is in the Collection?

This collection consists of an index of American prisoners of war during the Korean War acquired from the National Archives, "Access to Archival Databases" (AAD). Database compiled by the Army Staff, Record Group 319. Additional information about this collection may be found on the National Archives website. The collection covers the years 1950-1953.

Collection Content

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Information found in this collection may include:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Place of residence

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The place where your ancestor lived.
  • The approximate age of your ancestor.
  • The names of other family members and their relationships.

Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor in the prisoner of war records, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. This information will often lead you to other records.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • 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.

I Can't Find Who I"m Looking for, What Now?

  • Look for variations in the spelling of the name. If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Search the records of other prisons.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection citation:

"United States, American Prisoners of War During the Korean War, 1950-1953." Database . FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., United States.

Record citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for United States, American Prisoners of War During the Korean War, 1950-1953.

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