Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - SALVATION ARMY -

SAL­VA­TION ARMY RECORDS The Sal­va­tion Army’s In­ter­na­tional Her­itage Cen­tre ( sal­va­tion­ uk/in­ter­na­tional- her­itage- cen­tre) holds a rich col­lec­tion of ma­te­rial about the his­tory and life of the move­ment. If your an­ces­tor was a mem­ber of the clergy (an ‘of­fi­cer’), records may be avail­able re­lat­ing to train­ing and their ca­reer. Com­plete ser­vice records are more com­mon for of­fi­cers re­tir­ing af­ter 1941 as doc­u­ments be­fore that were de­stroyed dur­ing the Se­cond World War.

Very few records have sur­vived for mem­bers (‘sol­diers’). Sol­diers’ Rolls still ex­ist for some corps, but you would need to know the name of the corps that your an­ces­tor at­tended be­fore con­tact­ing the Cen­tre.

Ma­te­rial is also avail­able for the Sal­va­tion Army’s res­cue homes for women, ma­ter­nity homes, and mother and baby homes. In ad­di­tion, there are some records for adop­tions ar­ranged through The Sal­va­tion Army (18851963). Most records re­lat­ing to in­di­vid­u­als are closed for 75 years, while some of the so­cial work records are closed for 100 years. NEWS­PA­PERS You can find out more about the Sal­va­tion Army’s ac­tiv­i­ties in the area your an­ces­tors lived by look­ing at news­pa­pers. Many Bri­tish Li­brary na­tional and lo­cal news­pa­pers can be viewed and searched on­line at british­news­pa­per­ar­ (also avail­able through find­my­past. Al­ter­na­tively, if your lo­cal li­brary sub­scribes to the 19th Cen­tury Bri­tish Li­brary News­pa­pers re­source, you may be able to ac­cess it for free at home. Read Wil­liam Booth’s sem­i­nal work to find out more about his ideas for wel­fare in Vic­to­rian Bri­tain. You can bor­row it from your li­brary or down­load the Kin­dle edi­tion from Ama­zon for free at amzn. to/1JO3VIH. An­other down­load source can be found at ar­

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