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Booklet to help commemorate those who fought in First World War

As Remembrance Day approaches, North Yorkshire libraries have produced a guide for people who what find out about their First World War ancestors.

The guide, We Will Remember Them, provides family historians with everything they need to know about finding out what their ancestors did in the war along with hints and tips for those who don’t know where to start or who are stuck.

There is also information about what records are available in North Yorkshire libraries and what is accessible online on genealogy websites Ancestry and FindMyPast, both of which are freely available in all county libraries.

Production and printing of the booklet has been funded by the Craven and the First World War project, a Heritage Lottery Fund community partnership based in Skipton. Project Officer Rob Freeman said: “We’re really pleased to able to print this booklet for our library partners. We have a great relationship with libraries and we work together regularly in running events and activities to commemorate the First World War in Craven, and we’re really pleased that we can extend this across the county and make sure those who fought in the war are remembered.”

County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “North Yorkshire libraries offer a wealth of information both on their shelves and online to help people delve into their family’s history. This booklet will be particularly helpful at a time when more of us could be looking back to consider the sacrifice and heroism that may be found in our own families.”

We Will Remember Them is available to buy in all North Yorkshire libraries for £1.

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