For the first time, I will be playing the role of a RootsTech Ambassador! I've always enjoyed following ambassador blog articles and social media posts both before and during RootsTech, and I'm excited to be able to report to you all that I'm looking forward to, and all that I see and learn during the conference itself. I will be giving away a free RootsTech pass in the coming months, so stay tuned to this blog for your chance to win!
I'm also fortunate that one of my presenter proposals was accepted this year, so I will also be a speaker, as I was in 2017 and 2018. The title of my presentation will be 'Burned WWII Official Military Personnel Files.' I was inspired to write this proposal after discovering this past year that my grandfather's WWII Army OMPF was NOT completely destroyed in the 1973 National Personnel Records Center fire. In fact, an estimated 6.5 million OMPFs were recovered after the fire and designated as 'B-Files.' I'm going to give you some more information on the National Archives' preservation efforts of these files, and what you can do to see if your ancestor's full or partial file may have actually survived, EVEN IF, in the past, you've requested a file and received a return letter stating that the file was destroyed.
Are you planning on attending RootsTech in 2019? If you are on the fence, in the coming months I hope to convince you to make the decision to attend! Stay tuned to this blog!
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