Learn what your relatives did in the war 100 years ago

Have you ever wondered how the First World War impacted on your ancestors?

If so, then November may be the perfect time to find out how to explore East Dunbartonshire’s Archives.

A number of free talks are taking place in East Dunbartonshire aimed at encouraging residents to learn how to research their First World War ancestors An archivist from the Archives and Local Studies team at East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust will guide you through the process

using useful First World War genealogy sources and stories of local men and women they have uncovered.

The first talk takes place at the William Patrick Library in Kirkintilloch on Wednesday, November 12, at 7pm with another being held at Brookwood Library, Bearsden, on Thursday, November 20, between 7 and 8pm.

The talks are part of the national ‘Explore Your Archive’ campaign, which is encouraging people to discover the stories, the facts, the places and the people that are at the heart of our communities. Archives across the UK and Ireland are taking part to raise awareness of the value of archives to society and of the rich variety of content that is held, preserved and made available to users.

Scott Hill, chair of EDLC Trust, said “Tracing your family history has never been more popular and it seems fitting that in the year of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War that we should focus our attention on that tragic period in history.