Remembrance Day sparks interest in family history

By Culture24 staff | 06 November 2009
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The homepage of a website about army museums

(Above) Army Museums Ogilby Trust website makes a good starting point for family military historians

Remembrance Sunday is expected to trigger a huge increase in online family history research, with many sites geared up for military genealogy.

Ancestor hunters with an interest in the armed forces will now find helpful guides to the topic at The National Archives, The British Library, and the BBC website.

Major new sites can also be found which specialise in tracing members of the armed forces. In the UK these include Military-Genealogy.com, Military Archive Research and Roll of Honour.

One portal for family military history research, run by the Army Museums Ogilby Trust, reported a 50 per cent rise in traffic during November of last year.

Brigadier Colin Siburn from the Trust said there was a "growing fascination" with family history research. "Military records can provide valuable information about where soldiers served, the operations in which they took part, any decorations for bravery they may have received and how they progressed through the ranks," he explained.

Along with The National Archives Siburn revealed that key sites for army records include the Ministry of Defence and the archives of regimental museums, such as Chapter House Museum, The Guards Museum and The Household Cavalry Museum.

Another resource with particular significance at this time of year is The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which holds a database of the 1.7m men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars.

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