Family. Military History. Research.
Everyone wants to know about their family, but researching a relative who fought in the European Theater or Pacific Theater of Operations is no easy task.
Family history can be powerful in shaping one’s identity. Footsteps Researchers knows how to uncover details that create the most vivid picture of your loved one’s WWII experience and deliver them in the format that is most meaningful to you.
Fill out the form on the Contact page, and together, we will construct the route of your relatives who served in WWII. The more information you send us, the more dots we can connect together in an efficient manner.
The wide scope of our research and team allows us to customize your experience. For instance, you may want to focus on a specific period, such as the events that led to a hero’s death, the time served in a location, or even the entire time of service. Explore the various packages detailed below, and select what will help you learn more about your loved one.
Footsteps Basic Research
NARA St. Louis, Missouri
- File Records: Personnel File (OMPF) and Individual Deceased Persons File (IDPF) for those KIA or died while in service.
* Only IDPF files with last names A-L are available for viewing and imaging in the Research Room in St. Louis. Unfortunately, the files for M-Z are not yet available to researchers; we hope they will be available in the near future.
- OMPF or IDPF = <40 pages, $50
- OMPF or IDPF = >40 pages, $75
- OMPF or IDPF = >100 pages, Navy file, or B-file (burned file), $100
- Microfilm Searches: Army Morning Reports, unit rosters, hospitalization, or sick files, etc.
- A $100 retainer fee is required to get your research started. The fee covers two hours of research to get the microfilm. You will be billed for additional hours if your request takes more than two hours. After payment of the retainer fee, we will contact you for all the necessary information we need to get started.
- Process: Our turn-around time is approximately 2-4 weeks, and the process is done digitally (we are at the mercy of the Archives to pull files).
NARA College Park, Maryland
- Unit Journals, After Action Reports, Photographs, Maps
- Process: You will be connected to our researcher at NARA College Park, who will assess your project and provide a timeframe and quote. All files will be sent to the client in a digital format. Please fill out the contact form so that it comes into our email project queue.
Footsteps Research Packages
Footsteps Research Portfolio – Please contact us for a quote.
The Footsteps Research Package is a high-level presentation binder which can be customized to include other research details per client. Depending on how fast the files are pulled from the Archives, this can be completed in approximately 4-6 weeks.
Click on the picture below to see an example of the digital version!
- Digital images of Service Records, Army Morning Reports, awards, and, if relevant, Individual Deceased Personnel Files (IDPFs) for soldiers who died during their WWII service
- A written narrative of the veteran’s unit timeline
- Day-by-day plotted Google map with locations and information about the unit’s activity
- A USB drive with all files included in the presentation binder.
- Dog tag with the name of soldier and ASN on back.
- Portrait of your veteran drawn by our military artist, Ken Miller
Footsteps Research – Photo and Video Package – Please contact us for a quote.
- The Footsteps Research Package PLUS photo and video footsteps
Footsteps Tour – Silver Star Package – Please contact us for a quote.
- The complete Footsteps Research Package, plus
- A battlefield tour specific to your loved one’s footsteps, guided by Joey van Meesen in eastern France, Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, or Germany
- and/or a battlefield tour specific to your loved one’s footsteps, guided by Florent Plana in Normandy and Brittany regions of France
- and/or a battlefield tour specific to your loved one’s footsteps, guided by Bob Konings in the Battle of the Bulge area of Belgium
- and/or a battlefield tour specific to your loved one’s footsteps, guided by Loic Jankowiak in Southern France, Italy, or Northern Africa
- and/or a battlefield tour specific to your loved one’s footsteps, guided by Nils Hagemann in Germany
- and/or a battlefield tour specific to your loved one’s footsteps, guided by Alessio Parisi in Italy
Footsteps Tour – Gold Star Package – Please contact us for a quote.
- Everything from the Footsteps Tour – Silver Star Package, plus
- We arrange all the details of your trip: transportation, hotels, restaurants, and specialists
- Tour operator Myra Miller, plus our team historians will lead your trip in the exact footsteps you wish to follow
Contact us for detailed information about packages, fees, and procedures.