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Women’s war work

Explore the serious, sublime and the ridiculous facets of family history in this genealogical miscellany. This issue, Tom Wood learns about the records relating to the Women’s Land Army in WW2, a singularly interesting first name, a heart-warming reunion late in life and a death by anthrax

Arecent enquiry on these pages about where to find British Women’s Land Army records from World War II has been kindly answered by genealogist Stuart A Raymond. Unfortunately, Stuart tells us that the original service records have not survived, but it’s not all bad news; The National Archives (TNA) at Kew has microfiche copies of alphabetical index cards from 1939 to 1945 that contain some basic information about the women’s service. Found in class MAF 421, they may show name, address, date of birth, Women’s Land Army number and occasionally present occupation, where transferred to and when demobilised. Although they are not online, interested readers can learn more in this brief TNA guide to the records at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/womens-land-army

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Where are you going to take your family history this spring? From planning a trip to The National Archives to a meander down memory lane, there are so many choices... I bet there are few among us whose hearts don’t gladden when spring is in the air, and this issue we’ve got all sorts of ideas to help you get out and about and enjoying your family history. Whether you’re going to pay a visit to the archives, or plan a day out or weekend away to the places where your family once came from, it’s sure to add so much to what you know about your ancestors’ lives. It’s definitely true – the more we look, the more we learn. Have fun!