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Share your family’s story

To commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One, we would like families to share the stories of their ancestors.

Did you have an ancestor that served as a soldier, sailor or airman?  Were they a stretcher bearer, doctor or nurse? 

Maybe your ancestor had an important role on the home front – factory worker, miner, farm worker ….

 

Supply us with a picture of your ancestor as well as your family along with some information about the part they played during WW1. (This can be emailed to jeannette.parker@galaxytrust.co.uk)

Please see below for an example (Tom Smithson), a blank template and some useful tips on how to get started.

Once compiled, these will be shared either through the newsletter, school website or the television screen in reception.

 

The blank template is a fillable pdf form. You will need to use Adobe Acrobat Reader to do this.

Suggestions in researching ancestor’s roles during WW1

Initial Research:

Do you have a relative who knew this ancestor?  Ask relatives about specific individuals and gather details surrounding their lives including nicknames, places they lived, vital information including birth, marriage, and death dates and occupations.

Family scrapbooks often yield important clues for family history research.  Examine your home for vital records: school reports, family bibles, diaries and letters, old photographs, and memorabilia boxes that tell stories about your family.

Do you have a photo, correspondence, a certificate, a badge or medal / medals?

Look for clues that might tell you:

      • Where were they born?
      • Where did you grow up?
      • What job did the do before, during and after the war?
      • What do you know of the larger family?

 

Census Records:

Once you’ve looked at family records, the next step might be the UK Census.  Your ancestor might be listed in the 1881, 1891, 1901 census records and possibly, most importantly for WW1 research, 1911.

 

Non Military Records:

Research of Non Military personnel is more difficult as these records were not separately documented after WW1 however, a census record will give you an occupation.

Men of military age were often in reserved professions and retained as workers as essential to the war effort.  Women played an important role in filling jobs that were, before the war, considered suitable for men only.

Civilian Workers:

http://www.catalogue.nationalarchives.gov.uk/rdleaflet.asp?sLeafletID=142

 

Military Records:

WW1 Military records are well documented and available both on line and through research to the National Archives as Kew, London.

In research, you may find that records you’d hoped were available may be only partly available or totally destroyed.  These are referred to as the ‘Burnt Series’ and the result of the bombing of the London records office at Somerset House in London.

Possible Online Research Resources:

Military Records:

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/first-world-war/

http://www.greatwar.co.uk/research/family-history/tracing-ww1-family-history.htm

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/10434005/How-to-research-your-WWI-family-history.html

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