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Trace your World War 1 family history

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Lancashire County Council’s libraries are helping people to discover their WW1 ancestors online.

Staff from the county council’s community heritage team will hold several ancestry surgeries across the county in September and October.

The one-to-one sessions will show people how to use the internet to research their family history at the time of WW1.

Fiona McIntyre, community heritage manager, said: “The surgeries are 30 minutes long and very hands-on. They include tips on how to use helpful sites such as Ancestry.

“Anybody who has an ancestor who was involved in WW1 and wants to find out more about them is welcome to come along.

“We’ll look at the records available and any other useful sources of information.

“These sessions are useful for anyone who is interested or who wants to take this further and work on their family tree. Maybe they have already started their family tree and have got a bit stuck with their research.”

The sessions are free to attend but booking a 30 minute slot is essential as places are limited.

They will take place as follows:

Monday 7 September 9am to 5pm Parbold Library, West Lancashire

Thursday 24 September 1.30pm to 6pm Northfleet Library, Fleetwood, Wyre

Wednesday 7 October 10am to 12.30pm Garstang Library, Wyre

Call 0300 123 6703 to book a place or call in at the libraries.

For more information, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/ww1/whats-on.aspx

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