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Research Notes 2020-5-25

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Memorial Day * Fold3 Memorials * Internet Archive * Journaling

Today is Memorial Day, the day that we honor and mourn our military personnel who died while serving our country. Normally on Memorial Day family members will visit their nearest national cemetery to pay their respects to their fallen heroes.  Unfortunately the Corona Virus pandemic is keeping many of us away from those cemeteries.

We do have other options. While Fold3 is an impressive genealogical resource helping is discover and share stories about our family’s military heroes, Fold3 also encourages us to create memorials including photos and stories about your loved-one. You will need a free Fold3 membership to build  your memorial which will also allow you to share your discoveries with family and friends.


This memorial honors my mother’s first husband – Joe Killebrew. Joe was the pilot of a B-29 Bomber which was shot down just off-shore of one of Japan’s northern islands. It would be seventy years later before our family learned what actually happened. As you can see in this Memorial we were able to include photos like Joe and Marjorie marriage in Mexico, the crew of Joe’s bomber in China, and a recent article in a U.S. Navy magazine for sailors stationed in Japan today. That article finally told us -70+ years later- what happened to the aircraft and its crew.

If you would like to see what you can do with a Fold3 Memorial, visit Captain Joseph Killebrew’s memorial at

Fold3 hosts several memorials you might also find interesting. These include the U.S. Honor wall, the U.S. Vietnam wall and the U.S.S. Arizona. The U.S. Honor wall includes every U.S. conflict.

Fold 3 is also celebrating the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII and wants to honor the brave men and women who sacrificed so much. Beginning on Memorial Day and throughout this summer, they are featuring WWII veterans on our social media channels, and would be happy to include your soldier, sailor, marine or airman. Want to learn how you can participate? The Fold3 Blog will show you the way.


You can also find some interesting resources at the Internet Archive. They have videos of Bob Hope Specials in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Most are video but some are radio programs. Use the search box on the Internet Archive home page to search for Bob Hope. Internet Archive also has an impressive collection of published WWII content from Jane’s WWII Fighters Manual including text, photographs and even songs.


Journaling Your Family History

Today’s journaling apps are impressive platforms for managing your research notes and capturing the stories that bring your research to life. Combine a journaling app with cloud storage and you have access to your research and family stories just about anywhere.

Diarium (PC & mobile devices – iOS & Android) is the most functional diary app for Windows 10. It lets you keep all your memories and notes in one place. With Diarium you can attach photos, drawings, audio recordings, files, tags and locations to your diary entries. Diarium also includes automatic integration to your social media activity (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook). Your diary data can be backed up by exporting and importing the database. The content of your diary entries can also be exported as .docx or .txt files.

Diarium costs $19.99 but right now it’s on sale for $5.99. This sale is ending soon so you need to take a look now.

Journalist (Windows 10 PC & mobile devices) is more a scrapbook than a diary with drawing tools as well as support for inserting images, audio clips and video clips to your journal pages. The larger screen of a tablet gives you more room for designing and creating journal pages. Journalist is a free Windows 10 app.

DayOne (Mac, iOS & Android) is an amazing platform to support your personal journaling and manage your research notes. DayOne is a free app, but to take advantage of it’s premium features  (real-time sync from one device to another, unlimited secure and automatic backup, audio recording – voice-to-text transcription, unlimited voice and videos per entry and scanning documents to PDF using the in-app scan camera) will cost $2.92/month billed annually. You can also use DayOne’s book printing feature to build a book from selected posts in your journal.

There are many other journaling options so it would be a good idea to check them out to see which best suits you.

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