The Fromelles Genealogy Project: Reuniting WW1 Soldiers with their Families

Michelle Leonard
Nov 22, 2019
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Discovery of Mass Grave
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Genealogy Project
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Confirming Identities
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George Coull
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John Smith
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Other Discoveries
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Commemorating the Missing
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About this webinar

In May 2008 250 WWI soldiers were uncovered in a mass grave in France and this led to the instigation of a ground-breaking project to uncover their identities via DNA testing, anthropological data and genealogical research. This presentation will tell the story of the Fromelles Project with a specific focus on how genealogical detective work has so far helped to identify 166 of the Fromelles soldiers and give them named graves in the first military cemetery to be built in France since WWII. It will also tell the stories of some of the fallen soldiers, introduce the "Commemorating The Missing" Project and give a brief explanation of how to research WW1 soldiers and trace DNA appropriate relatives.

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About the speaker

Michelle Leonard is a Scottish professional genealogist, DNA detective, freelance researcher, speaker, author and historian. She runs her own genealogy and DNA consultancy business, Genes & Genealogy, and specialises in DNA Detective work part
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    Helen Schenkelaars
    2 years ago

    So poignant, Michelle. Thank you for helping the remembrance of all these young men.


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