Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - EXPERT TIPS -

“The Na­tional Ar­chives has digi­tised in­dexes to For­eign Of­fice records from 1906-1959 and they’re free to use on­line ( FO 1111 and FO 409 se­ries). All kinds of peo­ple are recorded who had come to the For­eign Of­fice’s at­ten­tion in the pe­riod. There’s pris­on­ers of war, awards of for­eign medals and miss­ing sol­diers, refugees from the Rus­sian Rev­o­lu­tion, stranded trav­ellers and queries about na­tion­al­ity. Any­one with ancestors who trav­elled or lived abroad in the pe­riod might find in­for­ma­tion here not avail­able else­where. The records them­selves aren’t on­line so vis­it­ing Kew will be nec­es­sary – and the FO ref­er­ences will need to be trans­lated into TNA ones to or­der the files.”

PHIL TO­MASELLI Pro­fes­sional re­searcher and au­thor of many mil­i­tary and fam­ily his­tory books

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