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This lesson will help you understand the development of Germany during the 15th through 21st Centuries and how major historical events may have affected your ancestors’ lives. You will be introduced to the concept of using timelines as a tool for placing your ancestor within a historical context. Knowing something about the history of your research area can help you find records for your ancestors.
Finding an ancestor using Internet sources from the United Kingdom and Germany. This lesson also includes references to merchant navy records, and the SMS Seeadler (Sea Eagle) also known as the Pass of Balmaha which was commanded by Count Von Luckner. Douglas Page sailed on the SS Horngarth
Using documents from The National Archives, James Cronan will take you through the history of the ship, from its construction and launch to its fateful end. James Cronan is a records specialist in diplomatic and colonial records. His interest in all things Titanic stems from the fact that his great-grandfather was a crewman on board the stricken ship. He has worked at The National Archives for 17 years, at Chancery Lane, the Family Records Centre and Kew.