6 Replies Latest reply on Sep 21, 2021 1:26 AM by Gary Imanishi

    Seeking records about Umajiro & Yoshio Fred Imanishi

    Gary Imanishi Newbie

      I am seeking family history on Umajiro Imanishi and Yoshio Fred Imanishi.

        • Re: Seeking records about Umajiro & Yoshio Fred Imanishi
          Susannah Brooks Pioneer

          Umajiro Imanishi's naturalization petition should give you enough information about the family to begin your research.

          There is quite a bit of information about the family in Washington and Idaho (internment camp during WWII) on both Ancestry.com (a paid research site) and familysearch.org (free site, just sign up for a password & username)

          This obituary of Yoshio's aunt gives the names of his maternal grandmother and other relatives.  from Seattle Times 23 May 1956 p. 55

          • Re: Seeking records about Umajiro & Yoshio Fred Imanishi
            Cara Jensen Tracker

            Dear Mr. Imanishi,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series titled World War II Japanese Internee Cards, 1941 - 1947 in the General Records of the Department of Justice (Record Group 60) that includes a Japanese Internee Card for Umajiro Imanishi. We also located a series titled Class 146-13 (Alien Enemy) Litigation Case Files and Enclosures, 1938 - 1962 in Record Group 60 that may contain files on Umajiro Imanishi and Yoshio Fred Imanishi. To view the card and to request a search of the DOJ records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2)  via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


            Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


            In addition, we searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the Records About Japanese Americans Relocated During World War II for 1942-1946 (also known as the [Japanese-American Internee Data File, 1942-1946] in Record Group 210 that includes records for Yoshio Imanishi and Shigeko Imanishi in the database.  We were unable to locate a record for Umajiro Imanishi.  If you wish to search the database further, please review Search the Database of Japanese American Evacuees (Record Group 210).


            For more information, please consult NARA’s web pages on the War Relocation Authority and Japanese Internment records.


            In addition to the information given by the previous poster, we suggest that you review NARA’s Resources for Genealogists, as well as the FamilySearch Research wiki for Washington State Genealogy.  In addition, the document Suggestions and Advice for Family History Researchers  may be useful. 


            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!


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            • Re: Seeking records about Umajiro & Yoshio Fred Imanishi
              Gary Imanishi Newbie

              Dear Cara,


              Thank you for this information.  My grandfather's petition for naturalization form is wonderful.  I've shared it with many family members.  It contains so much information that it truly excites me.  The obituary was shared to the children of Sunako "Sandy" Nagaoka.  Thank you for your research.  I'll begin my journey with the information you've so kindly shared with me and the family.  Should I need additional help could I contact you?



              • Re: Seeking records about Umajiro & Yoshio Fred Imanishi
                Rob Ketcherside Newbie



                I believe that the Fred Imanishi you are researching was the first Scoutmaster of Troop 252 at Seattle Buddhist Church in July 1949. Information about this was published in the Northwest Times on July 13, 1949, page 4. Scans of that paper are available through Densho.


                I would love to find out more about Fred Imanishi and the troop at that time. Please reach out if you have information to share, or if there is more I can do to help your research. (If you can't see my contact info in History Hub, I come up quick in a web search).



                Rob Ketcherside

                  • Re: Seeking records about Umajiro & Yoshio Fred Imanishi
                    Gary Imanishi Newbie

                    Hi Rob,

                    Thank you for researching and sharing information on my dad as the founder of the Seattle Buddhist Church Boy Scout Troop 252.   I did not know it was founded it 1949.   I do know he was the scoutmaster for the first 10 years.  I suppose starting a family and having three kids by 1959 and being a business owner he had to curtains some of his outside activities.  He was a strong and popular community figure and believed the values of the scouting program.  As he told me it was an activity he could share in his community as his father did with Kendo, Japanese fencing.  Although scouting and Japanese fencing have very little in common on the surface, the  core values are very similar.  My father had a severe leg injury and child that prevented his development in Kendo.  His father was pleased he could remain active developing a scouting program molding boys into young men (with good values) that would someday make positive contributions into their communities.


                    Thanks Rob!