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Tracing Your First World War Ancestors (Family History) Paperback – 13 Nov 2008
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The approach of this volume is to assume that the reader is a novice researcher (many will be) and to lead them through 'getting started', a few (very basic) remarks on photo identification, and tips on finding out. Then, from page 34 onwards, comes what might be regarded as the real 'meat' of the book - tracing individual soldiers. The key subject matter, National Archives; Commonwealth Wargraves; Hospital Records; Rolls of Honour; Pensions; Prisoners and Trench Maps all get at least brief coverage. The same sort of areas are then covered for Navy; Marine and Air Services. There are also some brief pointers for Commonwealth, Allied, and enemy powers pp 84-99, something on civilians, and lots of useful addresses. A competently produced soft back with a fair number of b&w illustrations - most of which are of a decorative nature.
So do you want this book ? If you are researching WW1 ancestors, and are reasonably new to the subject the answer is a definite yes - it will save you, possibly days, of fishing about and finding your feet. If you are very experienced or a professional the answer is still a fairly positive maybe, as it is a handy way to carry about those addresses and source ideas that you are probably already using. Any serious problems with the book ? No - buy with confidence. Could there be more detail - yes. Nevertheless a well recommended volume.
Good price from Amazon too - which helped.
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