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The Armed Forces and Merchant Navy in the 20th Century


As you look back at the people on your family tree who lived during the 20th century, you are bound to meet many who served in the British armed forces or the Merchant Navy.

In the First and Second World Wars alone, millions of men and women from around the world served in different ways.

Simon Fowler discusses the main sources of records and shows how to find the records for your family members. Simon also aims to help you overcome the challenges these records sometimes present. 

Simon will be very happy to spend time answering your questions, so bring them along.


About the speaker: Simon Fowler is an experienced family history teacher, writer and researcher. He worked for The National Archives on and off for over thirty years. Today he is a professional researcher mainly on family history and military topics.

He has written regularly for genealogy magazines and has authored over two dozen books. Simon teaches at Dundee University, Pharos Tutors and regularly lectures for the Society of Genealogists.

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