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"Family History" web sites

22 online resources. This is page 1 of 3.
BBC history : researching military records
This article explains how to search archives for family and military records in Britain. Information includes how to start the search, and the various sources available for locating details of servicemen and servicewomen. The document contains a bibliography and contact details for repositories and is part of the BBC History website.
Breaking the seal series
Breaking the Seal is the Open University website to accompany the television series of the same name, which investigates documents, what we can learn from them and the use and misuse of documents as evidence. The series was broadcast on BBC2, as part of the Open University's Open2 presentations. The website is divided into the subjects of the programmes: Domesday (the Domesday Book); Tax; Military history; Church records; Legal issues; and Land law. Written and presented by Bettany Hughes, there are expert contributors from archivists, curators, librarians and researchers from a wide r…
British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920
This excellent research for family historians, is maintained by Ancestry.co.uk in partnership with The National Archives. It provides access to a searchable database of pension records for approximately 2.5 million British soldiers who served from 1914 through to 1920. It includes medical history forms; disability claims; regimental conduct sheets and awards for non-commissioned officers and other ranks who were discharged from the Army and claimed disability pensions for service in WWI. Individual records contain information on the name; age occupation and physical condition of the i…
British battles
British Battles is an exhibition at The National Archives. This website uses military and historical documents held at the Public Record Office to explore the issues of how and why Britain was at war. It provides access to information on the causes, nature and consequences of four important British battles: the Crimea (1854), Egypt (1882), D-Day landings and the Second World War (1944) and the Korean War (1951). Each section includes analysis of the conflict plus access to digitised images of primary source documents from the Public Record Office collections. These include: government …
British military history collections, 1801-1945
This website is published by the British Library, and is an introduction to the newspaper holdings the Library has that are related to British military history, 1801-1945. On the main part of the site there is an introductory essay on the history of the war correspondent and the reporting of wars in newspapers. Following this there are three further sections, the first of which looks at the scope of the British Library's holdings in this area, highlighting the most important publications available. The second provides an article on how to use military records when researching fami…
British prisoners of war: interviews and reports National Archive online resources
This database provides access to a searchable database of over 3,000 records relating to British prisoners of war 1914-1918. They were compiled from WO 161, by the Committee on the Treatment of British Prisoners of War and provide the main source of personal information for Prisoners of War (PoWs) captured during the First World War. Some reports include medical details, others have fuller narratives and interviews with POWs offering insight into daily life in prisoner of war camps. Users may search the database free of charge. viewing full images requires payment. The site also offers…
British service medals of the first world war
These Web pages from the Imperial War Museum' Collections (Exhibits and Firearms) provides an in-depth look at the four most common British service medals from the First World War. These medals will be familiar to genealogists and others researching family history, as well as those interested in military history. There is an overview of the medals awarded to British and Commonwealth servicemen and servicewomen. General service during the World War I was recognised by the issue of the 1914 Star (or the 1914-15 Star if appropriate), the British War Medal 1914-1920 and the Victory Me…
Canadian Genealogy Centre : military
The Canadian Genealogy Centre Military Web pages are part of Library and Archives Canada (LAC). These pages link to both online resources (internal and external) and to information on LAC holdings of use for tracing ancestors who were active in the Canadian and other military forces. The links and advice for family historians are divided into topics that include: the French Regime; British forces; Loyalists; First World War; Canadian forces after 1918; military medals; war diaries; and war graves. LAC holds many varied resources for genealogists, such as: officer lists; letters; Can…
Commonwealth war graves commission
The website of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission describes what the commission is and does, and provides a searchable database of the details of those who gave their lives in the Great War and the Second World War. This online "Debt of Honour Register" provides personal and service details and places of commemoration for the 1.7 million members of the Commonwealth Forces who died in the First and Second World Wars. The Register is searchable by: Surname; Initial; War; Year of Death (range); Regiment; Force (such as Army, Merchant Navy); Nationality (including Australian, Canadian,…
Family history research and the Imperial War Museum
The Imperial War Museum offers a wealth of material for the family history researcher seeking an insight into the nature of personal experience in wartime. This document provides guidance in tracing an individual's personal service history using family history resources in the departments of printed books and documents, and in the film, video, photograph and sound archives. The Museum holds material relating to the armed forces and items relating to civilians, including all conflicts, and concentrating on British and Commonwealth involvement from 1914 to the present day. Information sh…