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RE: Research ideas

Title: RE: Research ideas

Dear Cousins,

All of the remaining British war records can be found in the Public Record office in Kew, London. (you will need a passport to get in, take the district line from central London to Kew Gardens)I have searched through records from The Great Wars, WWI and WWII. There are many Quartermans and each record provides a unique discovery. There is information about the persons character and physical characteristics (age, height, eye colour etc), addresses before and after enlisting, family names, occupations/rank and ages, injuries, dates of places served and medals etc.

However the records are not comprehensive as many of the WWI records were destroyed by bombs on London in WWII. But if it exists its there!

Personally, I copied the ID number written on my great granddad's war medals and searched using that. As well as a greater understanding of what the medals meant, I found many records which correlated with word of mouth stories I'd heard and it served as a prompt to help my living elders remember more....' oh yes I vaguely remember ........

Well worth a visit. and be warned it is very time consuming and you will need to learn how the records are filed, how to operate a microfiche and find what you want before 3pm else you cannot view the originals. You can only take in paper and lead pencils (no pens, coats or bags) but there are lockers and a cafeteria.

Best of luck researchers,

Victoria Quarterman

-----Original Message-----
From: Clay Quarterman [mailto:clay@paco.net]
Sent: 07 May 2001 08:20
To: quarterman@quarterman.org
Subject: Research ideas

Dear Q Friends,

I was recently visiting in London at the Imperial War Museum (a WONDERFUL
display), and they had a database of all servicemen killed in WWI who are
buried on the mainland. Of course, I had to try various spellings, and came
up with 5 Quartermans/Quatremains/etc. on various battlefields. Anyone doing
research may want to check that source. Sorry, I didn't have time to get
details -- I entered for free an hour before closing time. (Maybe I have
some Scottish blood in there somewhere.)

I've often wondered about the Robert Quarterman who just "shows up" in South
Carolina in 1694. Could he have been perhaps a refugee from the Huguenot
persecutions in France at that time? Could he perhaps have taken that name
as an assumed name to avoid detection in case of further persecution? If so,
we're barking up the wrong tree. My Swedish ancestors on my mother's side
changed names from Johnson(?) to Forsvall on the Trans-Atlantic trip just
because they thought the name was too 'common'.

Weather here in Odessa is great. Cool, in 60s most of the time for the past
few weeks. Ain't life grande?

Clay Quarterman
Odessa, Ukraine

> So, how are things, from Oxfordshire to Australia?
> It's partly cloudy here in Texas; rained last night.

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