Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - NEWS - Sarah Williams, Edi­tor sarah.williams@im­me­di­ate.co.uk

Novem­ber is the month when we tra­di­tion­ally re­mem­ber those who laid down their lives in de­fence of our coun­try and our val­ues. For fam­ily his­to­ri­ans, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month can have ex­tra poignancy as our re­search brings us closer to the men (and some­times women) who fought and died. Although the fo­cus, es­pe­cially dur­ing this cen­te­nary pe­riod, has been on the First World War, just as many of us will have fam­ily who fought in ear­lier or later con­flicts. Our reg­u­lar mil­i­tary his­to­rian Phil To­maselli has pro­vided us with a handy guide to army records and where to find them cov­er­ing al­most 600 years (page 17).

Novem­ber has also be­come a month when ar­chives up and down the coun­try look at ways to pro­mote the fan­tas­tic work that they do and the trea­sures that they hold as part of the ‘Ex­plore Your Ar­chive’ cam­paign. This month we have caught up with Jes­samy Carl­son at The Na­tional Ar­chives (page 28) to find out a bit more about the cam­paign and how we can get in­volved. Ar­chives are the be­drock of fam­ily his­tory and it is vi­tal that we of­fer them all the sup­port we can.

Fi­nally, I re­ally en­joyed read­ing about the work that the chil­dren of Wy­cliffe School have done to re­mem­ber for­mer pupils who lost their lives in the First World War (page 34). Ev­ery­thing we do as fam­ily his­to­ri­ans is an act of re­mem­brance and it’s won­der­ful to see that passed on to the next gen­er­a­tion.

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