Military & Family Research – April News

“Wow, thank you so much for the results of your successful search of Sgt. Edward Francis Dawes’s military record. They can now give me closure of several loose ends that have frustrated me for years. You have done brilliantly again and I really appreciate your contributions and professional skill.”

The above comment from one of my clients, for whom I carried out some Military research in March, is typical of the grateful comments I receive on my work. 

Many people try to do their own Family and Military Research, and for both new and more expert amateur researchers, there often comes a point where they become “stuck” – a hard to trace ancestor, a “missing” Birth, Marriage or Death record, finding details of a family members military service, for example.

My wide experience in knowing the various sources to use for Family History research and my in-depth knowledge of the various Military records allow me to choose the most appropriate sources, in order to gain results.

Recent “finds” have included tracing a close relatives life after emigrating to the USA, supplying full details of a man’s career in the Merchant Navy and Royal Navy by using Crew Lists to build up a complete picture of his movements around the world and putting a client in touch with living relatives, who can often help with information and photographs of family members.

A new pair of eyes looking at perhaps a long-standing “brick wall”, especially with my wide experience and knowledge, can often spot various and/or new ways of approaching a problem.  My persistent and thorough approach is helpful, too.

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About Ann Swabey

I have been working as a Professional Military and Family History Researcher for around 12 years.

My research on my own family history means that I have become very knowledgeable about sources, how to interpret records and how to approach problems which led me to offer a Family History research service to others, which I continue to do.

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