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help with Smiths


I am new to this site but have been researching my own tree for about 5 years now. I am totally stuck on the Smith Branch at my grandfather.

Any suggestions on where i could go to find more information.

He is James Smith
born 1918 in Partington, Cheshire.
from his marriage certificate his father is Thomas Smith.
I know that he had a brother Thomas Smith, but dont know year of birth or even whether older or younger than him.

I do have some world war two stuff on him that has his army 'number' on it and when he signed up etc and when he was released due ot being injured, but none of that gives me any info as to his parentage. Is there somewhere I can get army info from? I dont know any info about his mother, except i have a picture of her bizarrely, so i know what she looked like, but not her name. lol

I have looked on BMD, ancestry roots web etc but there are so many Jim Smiths that I dont know which is which or how to start sifting through them.

Any ideas on where i should look next would be great.


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