Greetings fellow PA genealogists!
I am part of volunteer MIA research team that is working with the Army Casualty office to build a DNA database to help in identifying World War II soldiers who are listed as MIA and buried as unknowns in Military Cemeteries.
I volunteered to help locate families of these servicemen for the state of Pennsylvania, never realizing that there are 2,588 Missing Soldiers from Pennsylvania alone.
The project involves basic genealogy skills, but is, obviously, quite time consuming for one person to work on alone.
If you are interested in helping me, please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The project involves finding the family of the missing serviceman, preferably family that will qualify for DNA testing. If you'd like to help, I will send you the details, and a short list of names.
You use your genealogy skills to locate possible family members.
You give that information back to me, and I pass it onto my Army contact who will then make personal contact with the relative, asking for them to submit a DNA sample.
If you continue to be interested, then I'd send you more names. If you find that the work is too time consuming, or not for you, just let me know. I'm really just looking for people who love genealogy and would like to help with this project.
The hope is to be able to account for the unknowns buried in the cemeteries via DNA matching.
My interest is a result of my personal search for information regarding my husband's uncle, from Homestead, PA, who went MIA on Feb. 9, 1945. You can read about my search at my website:http://home.comcast.net/~geisler27bam/The_Search_for_Private...
I thank you in advance for any help that you are willing to offer.