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A Soldier or Sailor in the Family: Getting into the Primary Evidence

Tuesday February 26 Presented at a public meeting of the Family History Society with the Co-Sponsorship of the Association of Archivists of Newfoundland and Labrador. Valerie Burton and Mark Humphries, Panel: A Soldier or Sailor in the Family: Getting into the Primary Evidence

Valerie Burton and Mark Humphries are historians of merchant seafaring and of the military respectively. In this session they discussed some of the ways that the 19th and 20th-century documents with which they are familiar can be read to illuminate a personal and collective past that reaches beyond more conventionally conceived history. Whether you know there was a soldier or sailor in the family or not, there are rewards in exploring the archive.

Valerie Burton, A Sailor in the Family: Ancestry Research and the Crew Agreement Collection of the Maritime History Archive, Memorial University.

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