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Ed Gilbert
You're looking in the wrong place
Wed Jul 12, 2017 04:45
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Since I gather there was no father's name on a birth certificate, that's your dead end. Genetic testing will likely be your best bet.

I would suggest something like ancestry.com. You are statistically fortunate. Although the two populations generally came from the same NW European origins (a) the two founding colonial populations (US, NZ) largely diverged many generations ago, (b) your father's lineage will probably show the same genetic admixture as the general US population, and (c) will be unmuddied by the big wave of DP immigration to NZ after WW2.

Y-DNA testing will give you a statistical match to anyone else in their huge global database. You might want to start with matches 36 and above. Then you will need to start matching to families known to have ancestors who served at Tarawa: ancestry.com also has the USMC WW2 muster rolls, though sadly many are missing.

There is a possibility that he did not survive the war, which may be another dead end. Some people may not want to hear from you, though the modern generation has vastly less of a problem with this.

Anyway, good luck.

This is not really my area of expertise, but if you will send me an e-mail I will show it to my more knowledgeable wife when she wakes up (I'm up in the wee hours working on a book manuscript).


  • sons of Tarawa MarinesBrian Algar, Tue Jul 11 22:36
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    • You're looking in the wrong place — Ed Gilbert, Wed Jul 12 04:45
      • sons of Tarawa veteransgodwintr, Wed Jul 12 08:25
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