Further Research Skills in the Records of the two World Wars and other conflicts of the Twentieth Century


Tutor: Simon Fowler


This three-week course looks at all the records available to research the men and women who served in the two world wars. Many family historians assume that all the records are online, while this is largely true for the First World War it is certainly not the case for the Second World War. Even those records already online are not always easy to interpret.

Some of the sources we consider may already be familiar to you, but many of them won't be. We shall be exploring them in more detail than is possible on the Your Military Ancestors course (224). And, we will be looking at records that have recently been put online or which are being digitised at present.

As well as considering the records themselves, the course looks at their context, the purposes for which they were created and how different records relate to each other. We also consider non-military records at The National Archives and elsewhere that can help researchers. Although few records survive for civilians or those who served in the auxiliary services, such as the Merchant Navy and Home Guard, we will consider the records which are available.

We also look at material for the Boer War, the Korean War and other post-war conflicts including for men who undertook National Service.

This course is for students who want to know more and in depth about their military ancestors or are engaged in projects such as researching war memorials.

Lesson Headings:
  • Refreshing knowledge of basic records and service organisation
  • Campaign records
  • Home front, pensioners and prisoners

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Relevant Countries: GB, Australia, Canada, New Zealand

Course Length:
Start Date: 19 Nov 2019
Cost: £34.99

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