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Photographs of servicemen vary in quality but Jonathan gave some very useful tips about looking for clues.
He suggested that we learn to identify three of the cap badges (Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers and Army Service Corps) as those three regiments accounted for a large percentage of the army.
Members were told about future displays that the society will be involved in: at Walpole St Peters, the Heritage weekend (Leverington and St Augustine’s); in order for this to happen Bridget would like to have copes of photographs of weddings that took place during the two world wars (not necessarily weddings involving service people).
If necessary Bridget can copy photographs but she does need information about the people involved (names, dates etc).
Not all months have transcripts and some years are in January to December order and some December to January order.
Festive Member Meeting An audience of 26 including a new member and a visitor attended the first meeting of the New Year.
Some people are lucky enough to be able to locate information using sites like Ancestry and Find My Past but bearing in mind the problem with missing records and the fact that only those serving overseas were entitled to medal there problems to be overcome.
As Susanah put it: more dotted lines on the family tree and another item on the “To do list”.
Susanah illustrated typical problems that people encounter when using transcribed records by referring to a search for a relative she knew as “Ellen Rosetta Damms”.
Suasanah discovered that a family home had been destroyed in the very last air raid of the First World War and then a second family home had been destroyed in an air raid the Second World War.
Wills can provide information and can often be accessed through internet sites as well as telephone directories and some electoral register, some school records are now online.