Someone please start a colonial/pioneer military brat page?!!

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in Genealogy Help by Gail Smith G2G6 (9.8k points)
I don't think there was such a thing in colonial times. There certainly were children of full time military personnel, but the term "brat" would not have been used.
True, many were orphans, some raised by other families, but I was concerned with movements of families from Fort to Fort. Some of these married and yet families moved on. I only use the word ‘brat’ as that is how many children of military families refer to themselves, myself being a USAF wife for awhile.

My g-g-grandfather was in the British Army. His children were born in Bermuda, Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia. I agree, it's a fascinating topic. There's a wonderful website for British Army children called The Army Children Archive. Don't know if there's something similar in the U.S.

It’s a lovely site! I’m glad they have things like Combat Kidz  and Scotty’s Little Soldiers... if only we had such resources to link so many centuries of displaced ancestors.  Thank you for sharing that wonderful website.

When I was in elementary school, I had a teacher who had been a student teacher in England, telling us of post wwii UK, the burying of stained glass, the horrors of children having to be prepared in case of war, wearing Mickey Mouse gas masks.  Thank God my 4 years in the UK proved relatively uneventful... but intensely interesting.

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