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Tracing Your First World War Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians

Publisher: Pen & Sword

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 176 pages
Author: S. Fowler
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9781781590379
Other: b&w photos, appendixes, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword

As the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War approaches there is a huge surge of interest in the men and women who took part in it. This book is a timely guide if you are researching British soldiers, sailors or airmen. It is an accessible, up-to-date and expert introduction to get you on your way and to answer those questions that might crop up during your researches. In a straightforward, easy-to-follow style it introduces readers to the multitude of sources they can use to explore the history of the war for themselves.

Anyone who is eager to piece together the wartime career and likely experiences of an ancestor who was involved in any aspect of the conflict, at home or overseas, will find his book to be an indispensable source of information and advice. In a series of short, instructive chapters Simon Fowler takes the reader through the process of researching ancestors who served in the armed forces, providing short cuts and background information as required.

List of Abbreviations
1. Starting Out
- Records Online
- Archives
- Other Useful Genealogical Records and Sources
2. Casualties
- Introdction
- War Graves
- Rolls of Honour
- General Rolls of Honour
- War Memorials
- Other Sources
- Hospital Records
3. Army Service Records
- Medal Index Card
- Service Records - other ranks and Non-commissioned Officers
- Service Records - Officers
4. Researching Soldiers - Additional Resources
- War Diaries
- Gallantry Medals
- Courts Martial
- Prisoners of War
- Pensions
5. The War at Sea
- Royal Navy
- Royal Marines
- Merchant Navy
6. In the Air
- Service Records
- Casualties
- Operational Records
- Medals and Awards
7. Women and Civilians at War
- Women at War
- Nursing
- Voluntary Aid Detatchments
- Auxiliary Corps
- Civilians
- Military Service Tribunals
- Internees
- War Refugees
8. The Dominions
- Australia
- Canada
- India
- Newfoundland
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Colonies
Appendix 1. Useful Addresses
Appendix 2. Key Websites
Appendix 3. How the Army was Organised
Appendix 4. Battlefield Tourism


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