REGISTRATION CLOSED: 3 Ways to Trace Wartime Ancestors
This free and exclusive webinar will help you trace your family's remarkable military past. Registration is now closed but you can still watch the event live. Details below.
Date: Thursday 9 November
Time: 11:00 EST
How were your family affected by the World Wars? Maybe they fought and died for their country or perhaps they stayed home and endured air raids and rationing. Whatever their story, Findmypast can offer you unrivalled insights into how your relatives lived during the most pivotal global conflicts in history.
In this exclusive webinar, we’ll focus on 3 unique wartime resources and show you how to use them to find out more about your family’s past:
- Paul Nixon will describe what Findmypast's extensive collection of British military records can bring to your family research
- Audrey Collins from the UK's National Archives, will detail how the fascinating 1939 Register is vital for tracing relatives in England and Wales at the outbreak of World War 2
- Aoife O Connor will demonstrate how historical newspapers can be key for finding out more information on your military ancestors
Paul is Head of UK Data Licensing at Findmypast, with partiuclar interest in military records. Paul's paternal grandfather and his grandfather’s four brothers all fought in the First World War and it was this knowledge which first kindled Paul’s interest in military history several decades ago. Next October 3rd he will be at the Menin Gate Memorial to lay a wreath for Rifleman Jack Nixon, his grandfather’s older brother, on the 100th anniversary of his death.
Audrey was a freelance researcher for several years before joining The National Archives in 2002. She has a particular interest in civil registration and the census, and has researched extensively into the history and development of the General Register Office as a result. She has found the 1939 Register a surprisingly informative source for a local history project on First World War servicemen, as well as providing information on the men and women who served in the Second World War.
Aoife has worked at Findmypast for 5 years and combines her work with university studies. She is currently pursuing a genealogy themed PhD with The University of Sheffield. Her interest in military history encompasses the practicalities of warfare such as provisioning the troops, and the home front. For her undergraduate degree, Aoife examined the propaganda of the Second World War.
Using the Live Q&A on YouTube
To participate in the live Q&A during the webinar, you will need a Google account and a YouTube channel. Follow our simple step-by-step guide to setting them up below.
1. If you don't already have one, you can set up a free Google account here
2. If you don't already have a YouTube channel go to www.youtube.com, making sure you are signed in to your Google Account
3. Click on your avatar/username and then click on 'Creator Studio'
4. Click 'Create a channel'
5. Choose a channel name and then click 'Create channel'
That's it! You're all set to take part in the live Q&A.