United States World War II Prisoners of War of the Japanese (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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United States World War II Prisoners of War of the Japanese, 1941-1945 .
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|Record Type||Prisoners of War|
|Collection Series||World War II Prisoners of the Japanese Data Files|
|National Archives Identifier||731002|
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- 1 What Is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can This Collection Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What Is in the Collection?
This collection is an index of military personnel and civilians who were prisoners of the Japanese during World War II acquired from the National Archives "Access to Archival Databases" (AAD). The index includes name, rank, service number, branch of service, source of information, unit information as available from parent unit to subordinate unit and notes. This collection covers the years 1941 to 1945.
What Can This Collection Tell Me?
The records usually have the following information:
- Service number
- Arm of Service
- Subordinate Unit, Assigned Unit and Parent Unit
- POW camps notes
- Event type
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it will be helpful to know:
- The name of soldier.
- The service number of the soldier.
- The service unit of the soldier.
Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals 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 look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
- If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
- Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.
What Do I Do Next?
When you have located your ancestor’s World War II Prisoner of War record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.
I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Use the name, rank and service number to obtain a copy of their complete military file
- Search for your ancestor in other records, such as census, vital, and probate records
I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, What Now?
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals with the same family number.
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.
- “United States World War II Prisoners of War of the Japanese, 1941-1945.” Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Citing NARA NAID 731002. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
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