Using the National Archives and Records Administration

Using the National Archives and Records Administration

Once a service member’s name has been identified, the next step leads you to the National Archives and Records Administration’s website in order to verify existing and find additional information. By exploring a service member’s personal page, students will get some key facts regarding their enrollment in the military.

Teacher tip: There are three databases that may be useful in this section. Students may want to try one or all of them in order to locate their service member by entering his name and/or his service number they identified in the previous search of the ABMC or NCA websites.

Teaching Toolkit

  1. Provide each student with a copy of Using the National Archives and Records Administration AAD Database Handout to serve as a guide.

  2. Proceed to the National Archives and Records Administration website.

    • Click on “Research Our Records” at the top of the page.

    • Click on “Access to Archival Databases (AAD)” in the section “Other Online Research Tools.”

    • Access the “World War II” tab in the section “War/International Relations.”

  3. Enter the name and/or Service Number of the service member in each database and then click on “Search.”

  4. Teacher tip: Students may have better luck when they use middle initials when searching the database.

  5. Click on the file icon in the column named “View Record” on the next page.

  6. Preview and record the information found on this page. This will be the beginning of information regarding the student’s service member. Among the facts listed here, which is typically at the time of the individual’s enlistment, students will learn about his birth, level of education, and marital status. All of these elements will help them during the next phases of their research.

  7. Teacher tip: Note that not all service members may not be found with this search, as officers do not appear in this database.