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That all changed recently when, following the sad death of the last relative of my grandparents’ generation, I was handed a carrier bag that had been destined for the tip!
Inside was a treasure trove of photographs, birth certificates, death cards and all manner of trinkets dating back as far as the mid-1800s. And helpfully, he signed his name on this photograph so I knew who he was. The uniform in this second photograph also helped me to identify him as a Private in the 12th(Prince of Wales’s Royal) Lancers.
At The National Archives we are busy planning our programme of activities to commemorate the centenary of the First World War in 2014.
With our unique and extensive collection of First World War records, from the official unit war diaries to medal cards and records of the men and women who served, we hold an invaluable resource for genealogists, historians, scholars and anyone interested in researching the history of this conflict or the people involved.
On the card for the 1914 Star is written ‘DOW 29/8/14’.I was able to put faces to names on census records but even more exciting for me were the photographs of a host of men in uniform. So, armed with this new information, I hit The National Archives’ records.Census records Years ago, I had searched the census records of 18 and followed Charles and the rest of the Hunt family living in Bethnal Green.They will also share hints and tips to help others conduct their own research.We hope you will come with us on the journey to discover our ancestors.