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

“Many re­searchers as­sume that their fe­male ancestors would not have par­tic­i­pated in mil­i­tary ac­tiv­i­ties, but sur­pris­ing num­bers were in­volved, even if they did not serve of­fi­cially. List your fe­male fore­bears, with dates and places, and then com­pare this with a list of con­flicts back to the Eng­lish Civil War. Gen­eral name searches can be made through sites like TNA’s Dis­cov­ery cat­a­logue ( dis­cov­ery. na­tion­alarchives.gov.uk), or fol­low re­search ad­vice on web­site such as Scar­letfind­ers ( www. scar­letfind­ers.co.uk/ 2.html). Fo­cus your search within spe­cific re­sources that might men­tion your ancestor or where she worked. You should also try on­line mem­oirs like that of Bal­a­clava nurse El­iz­a­beth Davis ( books.google.co.uk/ books/about/ The_ Auto bi­og­ra­phy_of_ El­iz­a­beth_ Davis _ a_ B.html? id= iPc5AAAAcAAJ).”

EMMA JOLLY, Pro­fes­sional genealogist, mem­ber of SoG, AGRA and au­thor of sev­eral books ( www.em­ma­jolly. co.uk, @em­ma­jolly)

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