Most people starting out on research may only have partial information to go on: possibly a name, a medal, a story or a photograph.
Some people are lucky enough to be able to locate information using sites like Ancestry and Find My Past but bearing in mind the problem with missing records and the fact that only those serving overseas were entitled to medal there problems to be overcome.
Not all months have transcripts and some years are in January to December order and some December to January order.
Festive Member Meeting An audience of 26 including a new member and a visitor attended the first meeting of the New Year.
Our speaker for the evening was Susanah Farmer, who is a member of the society and is also Editor of Ag Lab.
Susanah called her talk “Back to Basics” and its purpose was to encourage all of us to keep on researching our families by showing us the diverse ranges of information that are available to us.
Jonathan told us that accessing records for the Second World War onwards requires contact with the MOD who will need proof of relationship so effectively we are only able to research the First World War.
One of the major problems is that two thirds of the Great War records were destroyed (accidentally) by fire in the second world war.Try checking the neighbours on census records – sometimes you can work out how people came to know each other.Susanah also suggested checking the free access sites: Freecen, Free BMD and Freereg and Family Search. Susanah has received photographs of her own family as a result of contacts through internet searches.She brought with her a (large) yellow archive box which held letters, photographs, certificates, invoices and other documents; she also had a file and a hard drive.The material in the box was often the starting point for a line of enquiry and Susanah pointed out that it helped to be nosy as that’s what family history is.Suasanah discovered that a family home had been destroyed in the very last air raid of the First World War and then a second family home had been destroyed in an air raid the Second World War.