Tracing Your Army Ancestors - Third Edition (Paperback)
A Guide for Family Historians
This well-known author has produced yet another excellent guide for researching ancestors who have served in the Army. The book is an ideal text for reference when investigating army personnel. Military Archive Research.com
A splendid publication with a great deal of valuable information. Michael Brooker, Guild of Battlefield Guides
Whether you are interested in the career of an individual officer, researching medals awarded to a soldier, or just want to know more about a particular battle or campaign, this book will point you in the right direction. Assuming the reader has no prior knowledge of the British Army, its history or organization, Simon Fowler explains what records survive, where they are to be found and how they can help you in your research. He shows how to make the best use of the increasing number of related resources to be found online, and he pays particular attention to explaining the records and the reasons behind their creation, as this information can be very important in understanding how these documents can help your research.
What is fascinating about this book is, not only the wealth of information and the useful websites it mentions, but it also the fact that it gives details of what the lives of the ordinary soldier were actually like…the food they ate, the conditions they endured, life in the barrack room and the rules and regulations to which soldiers were subject. Most of the records which have survived, for the First World War are now available on line (Findmypast). The book covers the period from the 1660s when the original permanent service was raised, to the present day.Glasgow and West of Scotland FHS, September 2020
As referenced in 'Resources' part of Wellington's Army articleWDYTYA? Magazine, August 2019
Listed in resources part of 'A circus performer's passport, 1914' articleWDYTYA? Magazine, March 2019
A very useful guide to researching Army ancestors.Essex Family History Society
This well known author has produced yet another excellent guide for researching ancestors who have served in the Army. The book is an ideal text for reference when investigating army personnel.Kent Family History Society Journal Vol. 15 No.4
A splendid publication with a great deal of valuable information.
Referenced in Key Sources part of 'A Family Under Siege' feature articleWDYTYA? Magazine, September 2017
This is a third edition of this book reflecting the advances in available and updated information sources.B&A FHS Journal No. 168
More superb advice on tracing your ancestors, this time covering British Army records. We hit a blank wall with many of our own researches, mainly because so many records were lost or destroyed during the second world war. This superb title helps you when the usual records come up short.Books Monthly