GenTraveling to battlefields

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Hello GenTravelers!

Did you realize that November 11th of this year will mark 100 years since the end of the Great War? Did you have ancestors that fought in WWI?  I know my family members who fought in WWII, but I need to go back and research those that fought in WWI so I can do something special to honor them in November.  What are your plans for  the “11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month” of 2018?

I recently read of a group who were GenTraveling to WWI battlefields (I believe they were going in October) – what a great idea!  There are lists of battles for each war. I’ve listed links to three conflicts below…see if you’d like to GenTravel to any of these battlefields:

Civil War Battles

World War I Military Engagements

List of World War II Battles

If you didn’t have family who fought in WWI, you probably had ancestors who fought in other conflicts.  Sadly, there have been so many wars, that I’m sure everyone probably has a soldier in their family tree somewhere!  I want to make sure Veterans Day this year doesn’t pass unnoticed (like unfortunately it does some years)!  I have a little over 4 months to plan!  Do any of you have any fabulous ideas?

I also wanted to link up this video about how students at Brigham Young University are doing genealogical research to help return MIA soldiers’ remains to their families.  BYU has the only family history bachelor degree program in the country, so the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) is working with them to try and find the living relatives. How cool is that!?!

 

The program has had lots of articles written about it, so here’s links to all of those (HERE).

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GenTraveling – Sheffield, England

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Hello GenTravelers!

For any of you with ancestors from the Sheffield, England area, I’d say you’re lucky to have such an excellent resource in The Sheffield and District Family History Society.  Their website {LINK HERE} is top-notch. It has publications of their projects to purchase and even has online searchable indexes.

In the Autumn 2016 issue of ‘The Flowing Stream‘ (Sheffield and District Family History Society’s journal), Dave Capewell, a S&DFHS society member, wrote about the devastating results of Zeppelin raids in ‘The Great War’ – over 100 years ago. The article details a particular raid upon Sheffield and lists the full death toll.  If you have any of the surnames listed below from that area, you’ll want to read the entire article.  If you find yourself GenTraveling to Sheffield, be sure to visit the memorial (although according to Capewell’s article, this memorial is not in the most prominent of locations!) The memorial inscriptions reads:

1914-1918

THE GREAT WAR

“LEST WE FORGET”

ON SEPTEMBER 26TH 1916

NINE MEN

TEN WOMEN

AND TEN CHILDREN

WERE KILLED BY A GERMAN

AIR RAID ON SHEFFIELD

ONE OF THE BOMBS FELL

CLOSE TO THIS SPOT

Surnames of the 26 September 1916 zeppelin raid death toll:

Shakespeare, Tyler, Brewington, Hames, Southerington, Rhodes, Harrison, Newton, Wilson, Bellamy, Coogan, Taylor, Stratford, Guest.

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