Feature Article: World War II Japanese American Relocation Camp Newspapers

GenealogyBank has added newspapers published in the Japanese American Relocation Camps during World War II.


Photo: Mochida family awaiting the evacuation bus. Source: National Archives photograph; Wikimedia Commons.

Birth, Marriage and Death Notices

These newspapers from Arkansas, California, Colorado and Utah contain birth, marriage, and death records very useful for genealogists.

For example, here is an obituary from the Tulean Dispatch for Hiromi Homanishi, who was from Puyallup, Washington.


Tulean Dispatch (Newell, California), 17 February 1943, page 1

Here is another article, from the Denson Tribune, listing the names of evacuees and providing birth notices and names of Japanese American servicemen as well.


Denson Tribune (Denson, Arkansas), 17 September 1943, page 6

Departures

During the war evacuees were prevented from returning to California, Oregon and Washington state – but they were permitted to relocate to other parts of the United States. Notice that the article above names the residents who opted to leave their camp in Denson, Arkansas, for employment in towns across America.

Some Japanese American young men joined the U.S. military. The article above names some of them when they were returning to visit family and friends in the camp.

GenealogyBank's deep newspaper archive has newspapers from the 1700s to today that cover the small towns and big cities across America. We now have these newspapers from World War II that documented life in the Japanese American relocation camps.

Here is a list of those newspapers:

State

City

Newspaper

Date Range

Arkansas

Denson

Denson Tribune

03/19/1943–06/02/1944

California

Manzanar

Manzanar Free Press

07/14/1943–09/06/1944

California

Newell

Newell Star

02/15/1945–02/15/1945

California

Newell

Tulean Dispatch

03/31/1943–03/31/1943

Colorado

Amache

Granada Pioneer

06/09/1943–06/09/1943

Utah

Topaz

Topaz Times

10/30/1942–2/9/1943

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