Find Your Family

How to find and reclaim your own family’s history from the government archives

Database of Japanese American Evacuees 

This is where I’ve found my father and grandparents’ records on their imprisonment and location. Simply type in the name of your family members (remember to check maiden names and Japanese first names) and likely you will find their official WRA record. 

Order Copies of Japanese American Internment Records

Order official copies of internment case files, deportation documents and reparation files.

Archives Order Status 

Check on the status of the archives and documents you ordered from the National Archives using your order number.

Find Redress Testimonies from the 1981 Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians

Step by step instructions on how to obtain a family member or community member’s redress hearing testimony

1 ) Use this email this address to contact a reference librarian:

2 ) Give them the name of your family member/witness and let them know that the testimony you’re looking for is in this collection.

3 ) Knowing the date they testified and in what city will be helpful to the librarian, however they can probably track the name down as long as you can lead them to this collection.

Japanese American Internment 

Videos, documents and reflections about the incarceration from the National Archives

Teaching Japanese American Internment Using Primary Resources

A thorough, well-curated collection of primary resources for education from the New York Times 


A trove of photos, videos and encyclopedic information on the camps, significant events and influential people.




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