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Tracing Your First World War Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians (Tracing Your Ancestors) [Paperback]

Simon Fowler
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21 Feb 2013 Tracing Your Ancestors
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 the 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 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.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd (21 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781590370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781590379
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the centenary of the outbreak of World War I draws closer with new events announced every week, this is a timely release for anyone wanting to explore their WW1 forebears. This book is an accessible and expert introduction to get you started and to answer those questions that might crop up during your research. Your Family Tree

About the Author

Simon Fowler is a leading authority on military and family history and a prolific writer on these subjects. He is a former editor of the National Archives' family history magazine Ancestors. For over twenty years he was an archivist at the Public Record Office (now The National Archives). As well as publishing many articles in magazines and journals, he has written several well-known books on military and family history, including: Tracing Your Army Ancestors, A Guide to Military History on the Internet, Tracing Your Ancestors and Tracing Your Naval Ancestors. He is also a professional researcher and lecturer - find out more at www.history-man.co.uk.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A helpful guide for the beginner 1 Sep 2013
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It's good. Simon Fowler, a well-reagrded military historian, has produced this timely revised guide to assist people tracing their WW1 ancestors in the lead-up to the centenary of the outbreak of WW1 on 4th August 2014. He describes the key sources at the National Archives at Kew and at Regimental Museums and gives details of many useful online resources. Simon's book provides a good resource for the beginner and I am happy to recommend it. However, I was a bit disappointed by the number of errors in the finer detail - particularly those regarding war medals. Nevertheless, overall, it is a good resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent research tool 6 May 2013
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I bought this book because I wanted to try and find out about the war experience of one of my grandfathers, who has so far remained elusive. The book does not disappoint as it gives lots of avenues to try, apart from the obvious. What I liked about the book was the many examples of research and views of the actual documents you might hope to find. I feel it would be of interest to complete beginners and more experienced alike. I cannot say that I have yet put the research into practice, but there are a couple of points of interest to follow, so maybe some results in the future. Altogether a worthwhile buy.
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