Researching your family history? Here's helpful information to utilize when searching for information about your family member who may have served with the 65th Infantry Division.
Useful links regarding the preservation of your family history:
Sites from the National Archives have some great tips for preservation. Click here
and, for WWII archives. Click here
NOTE: You may be told (or have been told) that your family records burned in the infamous St. Louis records fire at the St. Louis National Archives. While that is certainly true, there have been thousands of records that were saved, but still burnt. Over the last several years, as preservation techniques have advanced, those records are being restored, though some only partially. Our recommendation is to request every few years. You might just be surprised!
A free site to compile your family history, do research and great resources for digitizing and protecting your family history. Click here
Useful links to begin your research:
Step 1: Ask your family members for memories, photos and any personal letters or mementos of your 65th Infantry Division soldier.
Step 2: After recreating as much family history as possible, contact the National Archives and Records Administration at www.archives.gov
Understand that this process may take multiple requests. If, at all possible, go in person to make the request. Otherwise, it may take a while for a response. Records "pulls" take a while and come sometimes come back with "no records" or "records were destroyed" as there was a fire some years ago at the facility where personnel files were stored. HOWEVER, some family members have reported that after multiple requests they finally received records.
Step 3: If the Archives record search and online record search becomes unsuccessful, you may need to get creative. Search local newspaper files for the hometown of your veteran. Request different types of records. For instance, request General Orders, citiations or activity reports that you know your veteran was involved in.
Come to a reunion. Read all the materials that you can find from the bookstore of the association. Take time to look at other family members photos. You may find your veteran's face in them and can share their stories.
Do you have tips or helpful hints for researching military history for a 65th veteran? Please share what worked, what didn't and what you found.