GenTraveling to battlefields

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Hello GenTravelers!

Did you realize that November 11th of this year will mark 100 years since the end of the Great War? Did you have ancestors that fought in WWI?  I know my family members who fought in WWII, but I need to go back and research those that fought in WWI so I can do something special to honor them in November.  What are your plans for  the “11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month” of 2018?

I recently read of a group who were GenTraveling to WWI battlefields (I believe they were going in October) – what a great idea!  There are lists of battles for each war. I’ve listed links to three conflicts below…see if you’d like to GenTravel to any of these battlefields:

Civil War Battles

World War I Military Engagements

List of World War II Battles

If you didn’t have family who fought in WWI, you probably had ancestors who fought in other conflicts.  Sadly, there have been so many wars, that I’m sure everyone probably has a soldier in their family tree somewhere!  I want to make sure Veterans Day this year doesn’t pass unnoticed (like unfortunately it does some years)!  I have a little over 4 months to plan!  Do any of you have any fabulous ideas?

I also wanted to link up this video about how students at Brigham Young University are doing genealogical research to help return MIA soldiers’ remains to their families.  BYU has the only family history bachelor degree program in the country, so the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) is working with them to try and find the living relatives. How cool is that!?!

 

The program has had lots of articles written about it, so here’s links to all of those (HERE).

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So, are you planning your GenTraveling yet? Where do you plan to go? Be sure to share your GenTraveling Bucket list on our Bucket List Page.  GenTraveling: It’s the Real Deal Thrill!

 

3 thoughts on “GenTraveling to battlefields

  1. I’ve had distant relatives who fought on both sides of the US Civil War, both sides of World War I, and for the Allies in World War II. But I’ve not (yet) visited any battlefields.

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    • Well that’s impressive that you can quickly say which relatives served where – i’d have to go through my tree to figure out who served in the various conflicts. I’d better make a list so I don’t miss visiting any battlefields if I find myself in those locations.

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      • Well, I had two brothers who fought on opposite sides of the Civil War, so that was pretty memorable. And I had German Jewish ancestors who fought on the German side of World War I while there were also German Jewish Americans fighting for the other side. Not saying I could give you a list of names off the top of my head, but I know they’re there!

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