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What was it like in the trenches?
Was there really an airship station where the golf course is now near Howden?
Who replied "Sir, I have not yet begun to fight!" when asked if he wanted to surrender?

Where did British and German planes crash in East Yorkshire?
How did local newspapers report the first and second world war?
Is it true that the exact location of the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066 is unknown?

Answers to these questions and more can be found in our amazing local studies books and digital resources.

Video - Memories of World War 2 on the Yorkshire Wolds Video - Memories of World War 2 on the Yorkshire Wolds
Video - Tom Cooke served in the East Yorkshire Regiment during the Second World War and was one of the soldiers rescued from the beaches at Dunkirk. Video - Tom Cooke served in the East Yorkshire Regiment during the Second World War and was one of the soldiers rescued from the beaches at Dunkirk.
Video - Secret World War 2 guerrilla bunker at Rise, East Yorkshire Video - Secret World War 2 guerrilla bunker at Rise, East Yorkshire
Video - A short film about the life of Leonard May, a farmer’s son from Withernsea who joined the East Riding Yeomanry in 1915. Video - A short film about the life of Leonard May, a farmer’s son from Withernsea who joined the East Riding Yeomanry in 1915.

Snaith Knights, 1941 - 1945

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Heroes of bomber command, Yorkshire

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Search through millions of digital newspaper articles from local and regional papers dating back to 1700.  

The British Newspaper archive is free to access without limits at the East Riding Archives, Treasure House and any East Riding Library

The Ancestry Library website offers information on family trees and much more.

Ancestry is only fully available from within East Riding Libraries.

Trace your ancestry and build a family tree by researching extensive birth records, census data, obituaries and more with findmypast

Click here to open a printable document on How to Search the Yorkshire Collection 

Full free access to Find my Past is only available within East Riding Libraries.

GENUKI provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland. It is a non-commercial service, maintained by a charitable trust and a group of volunteers.

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