The Today Show - Mapping Your Ancestors
There is a map that shows where enlisted people were born, and how many people came from that particular town – including those who were born overseas. For families of WWII veterans there is the nominal roll, www.ww2roll.gov.au,which while not as comprehensive as Mapping Our Anzacs, does hold a wealth of information.As well as basic references other items of interest can be found including reasons for a deferment, and whether the person was a casualty of the war. You can also put in a request that allows you to garner more information on a relative who served. In a similar vein is the Korean War Roll, www.koreanroll.gov.au, which not only has information on those who served in Korea during the actual war itself (1950-53), but on those that stayed on after up until 1956.
Unlike some of these rolls, it does not include Aussie servicemen who served in other countries' armed forces. It is user friendly in that it gives you several ways to search for a relative by a partial surname, or you can specify if they were a POW. Finally, up until the end of this month, www.ancestry.com.au is having an ANZAC promo where you can look up information about your relatives for free.
More than 16 million names are available from nine military collections from Australia, Great Britain, the US and Canada. Reference material includes the newly released British Commonwealth War Graves Registers (1914-1918). Other collections include the ANZAC Memorial, a book comprising a roll of honour of almost 20,000 Australians and New Zealanders who died in WWI.
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