Thankful villages - the impact of World War One on communities

Thankful villages - the impact of World War One on communities


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Thankful villages - the impact of World War One on communities


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At the end of the World War One, there were fifty-two so called 'Thankful Villages' in the whole of Great Britain; villages to which all the young men who went to war, returned alive. Of these, fourteen have come to be known as doubly thankful - also losing no-one in World War Two. This webinar will provide an insight into the experience which shattered the pre-WW1 order and transformed society irrevocably, particularly in the small villages of rural Britain.


 
 

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Presenter: Kirsty Gray

Kirsty is a professional genealogist and ‘people finder’ who runs her own research company Family Wise Limited. As a freelance author, she has published articles in family, local and social history magazines and handbooks across the globe. She has been researching the story of her paternal West Country family for many years and, having realised in the late 1990s that her eccentric hobby was called a surname study, co-founded The Surname Society (registering the Sillifant surname) in 2014 to meet the needs of surname studiers in the 21st century. Kirsty published Tracing Your West Country Ancestors in 2013 and is a founder member and was initially Chair (now Secretary) of the Society for One-Place Studies, an international society for family and local historians.
 
Although a relative youngster in the field of genealogy, Kirsty has been involved in family history for over two decades and has lectured on various stages from local to international, on land and at sea. Kirsty has been featured on Qui-Etes Vous? (Who Do You Think You Are?) in Canada, researching the English roots of the opera singer, Marc Hervieux and in 2016, one of Kirsty’s successful adoption stories of 2015 featured on the second series of the BBC’s Family Finders. Having traded in her day job as a school teacher to follow her passion, Kirsty is widely sought after as a family history tutor, lecturer and motivational speaker around the world.
Kirsty Gray