Find and honor your ancestors who served in World War II.

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Who in your family was called to serve?

Give us the name of a grandparent. We’ll search for your World War II ancestors and give you personal insights into their experience.

Untold stories of the men and women who faced World War II with dignity and courage.

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Finding Heroes
Episode 1: The Lost Paratrooper

By Ancestry®

A pair of hosts travel to Holland to find a set of lost WWII artifacts connected to a young paratrooper. They later present their discoveries to his modern-day descendant, a paratrooper himself.

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Meet the woman who photographed the untold stories of WWII

By Ancestry® in partnership with
NBC News Brand Studio

Toni Frissell’s work made visible those who were often overlooked. Today, her granddaughter honors her legacy by sharing her story.

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The 100th Infantry Battalion:
A Proud Fighting Force

By Ancestry®

The US was at war with Japan—but this distinguished Japanese-American battalion was determined to defend its country.

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The World War II Draft Card Collection

By Ancestry®

This set of over 49 million draft cards reveals personal details like height, eye color, and the signatures of the men who were called to serve.

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The Fold3® Honor Wall

Are the veterans in your family receiving the recognition they deserve? Search for your World War II ancestors’ names and faces on the Fold3 Honor Wall.

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The Tuskegee Airmen:
A Fighting Chance

By Henry Louis Gates, Jr

This inspiring group of African American fighter pilots achieved tremendous success from high above the battlefields.

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Women in the War:
Rising to the Occasion

By Henry Louis Gates, Jr

Women from every corner of America answered the call in myriad ways—serving as chefs, nurses, mechanics, even pilots.

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Facts

Did You Know?

More than 650,000 Jeeps were built during WWII. American factories also produced 300,000 military aircraft, 89,000 tanks, 3 million machine guns, and 7 million rifles.

Source: Fact Retriever

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The Holocaust:
Records of Remembrance

By Great Big Story

Arolsen Archives and Ancestry® have digitized millions of records of those persecuted during the Holocaust, ensuring their stories can never be forgotten.

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World War II Records:
A Guide to Our Collections

By Ancestry®

Learn how to find the untold stories in your family’s past with this brief introduction to the wide variety of World War II resources available on Ancestry®.

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War of the Worlds:
How It All Began

By Ancestry®

In a global conflict fueled by Adolf Hitler’s unrelenting aggression, millions of brave souls rose up to face the challenge of their lives.

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Memorial Day:
Parade of Heroes

Hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford

To honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, watch our virtual parade of inspiring veteran interviews and stories of strength and hope.

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It’s the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII—and the perfect time to celebrate those who fought and served.