Discover what life was like during war years

Carnforth library will be hosting one of the county council history research events.
Carnforth library will be hosting one of the county council history research events.

Lancashire County Council’s libraries are helping people to discover what life was like during World War One.

Throughout January a series of fascinating countywide events, inlcuding one at Carnforth library, will explore the lives of local World War One soldiers and show people how to start researching their own World War One ancestors online.

The events feature sessions called Tracing Your World War One Ancestor Online, where staff from the county council’s community heritage team will give people hands-on tuition on how to start researching their family history using the internet.

There will also be a talk, ‘Your World War One ancestor: where to begin’, which will give practical advice and top tips on records held on Ancestry and Find My Past, as well as other useful sources of information.

The programme of events also includes an illustrated talk, This Soldier’s Life, which will offer an insight into the life of a local soldier who fought in World War One

As well as finding out about key events in the soldier’s life, the talk will guide people through the resources available to help them to trace their own ancestors.

Fiona McIntyre, Lancashire County Council’s community heritage manager, said: “These family-friendly events will appeal to people of all ages with an interest in local history as well as those who want to know more about what life was like during World War One

“The programme is part of five years’ worth of special events which the county council is holding to commemorate World War One.

“All of the events will, in different ways, help us to understand more about the life and times of those who fought and died in the conflict and the communities they left behind.”

The events are free, but people will need to book their places in advance. Basic computer skills are essential.

The event at Carnforth library (Tracing a World War One Ancestor Online) will be at 2pm on January 13.

Tickets can be booked at the library or by calling 0300 123 6703.