Military & Family Research – June Update

My research this month, as usual, has been very varied. World War One Research this month has involved investigating the circumstances of the deaths of a number of Soldiers, and searching for their WW1 Service records and WW1 Medal records. I have also completed work on Officers in the British Army in World War One, uncovering their family details and details of their Army career.

World War Two Research has included obtaining WW2 Army Service records and Royal Marines WW2 Prisoner of War records. Newspapers have also been used as a source for any information on these men, and Family History Research has been carried out, to establish the backgrounds of the men.

I have also researched the involvement of the Royal Navy ship, H.M.S. London, in the Yangtze Incident in 1949, and one crew member in particular. I have also supplied records of a rescue carried out by Lifeboat men and members of the Coastguard, of a schooner, during a storm in 1893. All men were saved.

Going further back in time, I have also been tracing a man’s Army career through the Muster Rolls in the very early nineteenth century. My searches of the Muster Rolls have established the date he enlisted, a quarter-by-quarter record of each year of where he served, his promotions, any sickness and his discharge.

My Family History & Genealogy Research has covered both researching backwards in time, to provide details on ancestors and forwards, in order to trace living people. Family History Research covered records in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Sources used included Census records, Birth Marriage and Death records, Parish registers, Electoral registers, Probate records, Military records, Newspapers, Divorce records (up to 1937) and Passenger lists.

A variety of the above sources can be used to build up a picture of a person’s life and experiences, to make them more than just a name in a Family Tree.

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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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