Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

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British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920

Friday, December 31st, 2010

This database contains service records of non-commissioned officers and other ranks who were discharged from the Army and claimed disability pensions for service in WWI. These were also men who did not re-enlist in the Army prior to World War II. Approximately 5 million men served in the British Army in World War One (WWI) and these records contain many of them, especially if they claimed a pension. for more click here

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Birth, Marriage and Death Records the vital building blocks are here

Friday, December 31st, 2010

At the heart of all research into family history are the records found in the England & Wales Birth, Marriage and Deaths indexes. And our records spanning 1837 – 2005 provide the most complete resource available online.

And not only are all the records completely name searchable they’re also easy to use – there’s now no need to trawl through individual index pages yourself. Simply put in your ancestor’s details – name, place of birth etc. Remember, the more detail you put in, the more relevant your results will be. You’ll get the most relevant matches at the top of the results, so you’ll find locating your ancestors is much faster. for more click here

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Ancestry.co.uk Site Tutorial

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Ancestry.co.uk Site Tutorial. Video, for more click here

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UK, Citations of the Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-1920

Friday, December 31st, 2010

This database goes a step beyond medal rolls by providing researches access to more than 25,000 citations for recipients awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, Great Britain’s second highest military honor for noncommissioned officers and enlisted personnel, in the years surrounding the Great War. These citations, which often appeared in the London Gazette, give a short summary of the actions that resulted in the award’s being given.

The citations include awards given to forces from throughout the British Empire: Australia, the British West Indies, Canada, India, Newfoundland, New Zealand, Rhodesia, and South and East Africa. for more click here

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George VI of the United Kingdom

Friday, December 31st, 2010

George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George; 14 December 1895 – 6 February 1952) was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death. He was also the last Emperor of India (until 22 June 1948), the last King of Ireland (until 18 April 1949), and the first Head of the Commonwealth. for more click here

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Then and now: How the Army marks Christmas on the frontline

Friday, December 31st, 2010

British troops were promised they would be ‘home by Christmas’ when they went off to fight in the First World War.

But as the war dragged on, soldiers were forced to mark the occasion on the front line, away from their families. for more click here

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Censored for days, this picture was finally published in the Mail. Now, 70 years on, Max Hastings reveals the dramatic story behind THE iconic image of the Blitz

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Today is the ­anniversary of one of the greatest photographs of World War II being taken — and of a defining ­moment in British history.

On the night of December 29, 1940, ­Daily Mail chief photographer ­Herbert Mason was ­firewatching on the roof of the ­newspaper’s offices ­between Fleet Street and the Thames. for more click here

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Who am I? Woman dumped on doorstep 71 years ago makes appeal to discover her identity

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

A woman abandoned on a hotel doorstep as a baby 71 years ago has made a heartbreaking appeal: ‘Please help me find out who I am.’

Pat Fitzgerald was just three months old when she was dumped in a plush hotel doorway just after the start of World War II. for more click here

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Memorial to King George VI,Thistle Chapel,St Giles,Edinburgh

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010


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(c) John Arthur

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Windows of the Thistle Chapel,St Giles,Edinburgh

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010


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(c) John Arthur

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