A catalogue of new developments and ideas. Each month we'll feature
a different area of research. This month:
One of the
most fascinating ways of researching your family history is through the
military records of your antecedents. Not only can this be a great way
of finding out the details of your forebears lives but might also
bring to light some great stories of heroism, or you may find your ancestor
was present at a major historical event. You never know, a member of your
family could have been at Waterloo or Trafalgar!
Records of Scottish
soldiers, sailors and airmen who served in the British armed forces up to the
early 1920s are held by the Public Records Office. The Public Records Office is
the national archive of the UK and makes public the records of central government.
their website can be found at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/.
service record can be a very valuable tool for the genealogist as it can tell
you his name, age and place of birth, his trade prior to joining up, the date
he joined the Army, any promotions he received, his regiment, where he served
and his date of discharge.
of the ordinary servicemens records were destroyed by German bombing
during the Second World War and those that survived, known as the burnt
documents, were badly damaged by fire and water. Luckily all the
officers records escaped the explosion. The PRO is currently in
the process of putting all these documents onto microfilm to make them
available to the public. This project should be finished this summer.
body when searching for family members who served in the armed forces is the Commonwealth
War Graves Commission. The Commission is in charge of keeping records of any member
of Commonwealth forces who died during either the First or Second World War and
will help you find the final resting place of your deceased relative. The Commonwealth
War Graves Commission website containing a searchable database of 1.7 million
names can be found at www.cwgc.org
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