Sierra Sun Times: National Park Service Awards More than $3.1 Million in Grants to Preserve and Interpret World War II Japanese American Confinement Sites

Sierra Sun Times: National Park Service Awards More than $3.1 Million in Grants to Preserve and Interpret World War II Japanese American Confinement Sites. “The National Park Service is pleased to announce more than $3.1 million in Japanese American Confinement Sites grants that will fund preservation, restoration and education projects throughout the country. The 22 projects funded will help tell the stories of the more than 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of whom were U.S. citizens, imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II following the attack on Pearl Harbor by the nation of Japan in 1941.”

DigitalNC: Air-O-Mech issues now on DigitalNC

DigitalNC: Air-O-Mech issues now on DigitalNC. “The Air-O-Mech is a newspaper published at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base (known at the time as Seymour Johnson Field) during World War II. It is now on DigitalNC thanks to our partner Wayne County Public Library. The paper’s first issue was published on January 8, 1943 and asked readers to submit a name for the paper and have a chance to win $5 if their name was selected.”

The Text Message (National Archives): Over 650 Newly Digitized Navy Logbooks in the National Archives Catalog

The Text Message (National Archives): Over 650 Newly Digitized Navy Logbooks in the National Archives Catalog. “These firsthand accounts of the Battle of New Orleans during the Civil War are just small snippets from two Navy logbooks, which are part of 653 digitized logbooks from 30 Navy vessels that recently became available in the National Archives Catalog (see list below). These logbooks were digitized in the Innovation Hub at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington, DC, by a team of five graduate student interns working on a project titled ‘Seas of Knowledge: Digitization and Retrospective Analysis of the Historical Logbooks of the United States Navy.’ This project will continue through 2021 and will focus on digitizing Navy logbooks for the period 1861-1879, after having made 548 volumes of associated muster rolls available in the NARA catalog last year.”

IanVisits: Help the National Archives uncover WW1 ships crew logs

IanVisits: Help the National Archives uncover WW1 ships crew logs. “If you’re stuck at home and want to do something good, then the National Archives is seeking volunteers to help transcribe First World War Royal Navy service records for a free online database it is building. Service records for the First World War can provide information about individuals and their lives. However, as crew lists for ships and submarines during this period rarely survive, it is difficult for researchers to determine who was on a ship or in a certain battle together.”

EurekAlert: Study uses AI to estimate unexploded bombs from Vietnam War

EurekAlert: Study uses AI to estimate unexploded bombs from Vietnam War. “Researchers have used artificial intelligence to detect Vietnam War-era bomb craters in Cambodia from satellite images – with the hope that it can help find unexploded bombs. The new method increased true bomb crater detection by more than 160 percent over standard methods.”

NARA: Confederate Slave Payrolls Shed Light on Lives of 19th Century African American Families

NARA: Confederate Slave Payrolls Shed Light on Lives of 19th Century African American Families. “They are single lines, often with no last name, on paper yellowed but legible after 155 years, among thousands scrawled in loping letters that make up nearly 6,000 Confederate Slave Payroll records, a trove of Civil War documents digitized for the first time by National Archives staff in a multiyear project that concluded in January. For years, the Confederate Army required owners to loan their slaves to the military. From Virginia to Florida, the enslaved conscripts were forced to dig trenches and work at ordnance factories and arsenals, mine potassium nitrate to create gunpowder, or shore up forts.”

State Archives of North Carolina: World War II Digital Collection Additions

State Archives of North Carolina: World War II Digital Collection Additions. “The Digital Services Section of the State Archives of North Carolina is pleased to announce new additions to the World War II digital collection online. Since Fall 2018, DSS has been digitizing a large addition of items related to World War II from a variety of collections. These items were selected to commemorate the 75th anniversary of World War II and to increase their usage through online access. The items relate to home front activities in North Carolina, North Carolina military installations, and North Carolina soldiers serving in the war.

Africa Times: Airwars site launch tracks U.S. in Somalia, amid claims of another civilian death

Africa Times: Airwars site launch tracks U.S. in Somalia, amid claims of another civilian death. “There’s a new online database from Airwars, a not-for-profit project based at the University of London that tracks international military actions and assesses harm to civilian populations in Libya, Iraq, Yemen and Syria. The organization is now tracking incidents in Somalia, with an emphasis on how United States drone strikes used in the fight against al-Shabaab may be responsible for civilian deaths and injuries.”

Jewish News: Telling the stories of Jews who fought in Bomber Command

Jewish News: Telling the stories of Jews who fought in Bomber Command. “A non-Jewish archivist researching Jews who fought and died in Bomber Command from 1939 to 1945 has set up a self-funded website to share their stories, using Christmas and birthday money to pay for it. Cathie Hewitt left her job last year at the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln to focus on the project full-time, creating hundreds of family trees and travelling the world to uncover life stories.”

Air Force Museum of New Zealand: Air Force Museum Photo Archives Go Online

Air Force Museum of New Zealand: Air Force Museum Photo Archives Go Online. “Although at this stage only approximately 5,000 images are available, an estimated 0.5% of the total collection, more are coming online every day. Usually these are photos that researchers have requested and because there’s only me working in the Photo Archive, generally these are all I have time to digitise and make available. As time permits, I’ll be working through many thousands of files which simply need only a small amount of work before they can be made available. The initial focus will be on named course groups, starting with wartime pilots’ courses and aircraft pictures.”

Washington Post: This map helped George Washington win the Revolutionary War. Now it’s on display at Mount Vernon.

The Washington Post: This map helped George Washington win the Revolutionary War. Now it’s on display at Mount Vernon.. “In the summer of 1781, Gen. George Washington and his French engineers probed the British defenses of New York, looking for a way to attack. While the British responded with heavy gunfire, Washington observed, and the engineers prepared a map of the enemy positions… Now the historic French map, along with more than 1,000 other rare maps and images, have been donated to the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon by a noted New York collector….It will eventually be available to scholars, in person, and later some of the items will go on public display, library officials said. Most of the pieces have already been digitized and are online.”

State Archives of Florida: Florida Militia Muster Rolls, 1826-1900

State Archives of Florida: Florida Militia Muster Rolls, 1826-1900. This link goes to a Facebook Page post. “Muster rolls are rosters of officers and men in military units and can be useful for tracing relatives who do not appear in other traditional genealogical sources, such as federal or state census records. Florida Memory recently digitized about 600 documents from Florida militia companies dating from 1826 to 1900.”

The Guardian: George III’s vast collection of military maps goes online

The Guardian: George III’s vast collection of military maps goes online. “George III may never have left the south of England or fought on a battlefield, but he explored the world through a vast collection of military maps that are now being made available online, offering extraordinary insight into the art of warfare and mapping.”

Narragansett Times: The Non-Profit World War II Foundation Launches Innovative Educational Website

Narragansett Times: The Non-Profit World War II Foundation Launches Innovative Educational Website. “The non-profit World War II Foundation has launched its totally redesigned website… to provide students, educators and the public with resources to teach and learn more about the personal stories of the World War II generation.”

UK National Archives: War behind the wire: The story of allied civilians in occupied Europe during the Second World War

New to me, from the UK National Archives: War behind the wire: The story of allied civilians in occupied Europe during the Second World War. “On 16 January 2018 I wrote an introductory blog on the project to catalogue the series of records WO 416 consisting of an estimated 200,000 records of individuals captured in German occupied territory during the Second World War. These individuals were primarily Allied service men (including Canadians, South Africans, Australians and New Zealanders) but there were also several hundred British and Allied civilians and a few female nurses. Two years on, with the huge support of our on site volunteers, we have so far catalogued more than 110,000 records relating to individuals. This blog, the fourth in the series, focuses on the records of those held in Ilags.”