First World War Poetry Digital Archive

"Family History" web sites

22 online resources. This is page 2 of 3.
First World War : sources for history
The First World War : Sources for History is an online exhibition based on resources held by The National Archives and the Imperial War Museum. The historical content here is beautifully presented, but does not go into great depth, offering a broad narrative background to World War One rather than detailed investigations. The exhibition is divided into five main parts: the First World War, 1914-18; Britain and the War; the military conflict; Service records for the World War I; and Aftermath.The exhibition is punctuated by photographs, scanned documents and maps. There are also some mu…
Great War Archive
A project organised by the University of Oxford with funding from the the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). which is collecting materials about the First World War (1914-1918) held by the British public. These will include diaries, letters, manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, memorabilia and other ephemera from ex soldiers, service personnel and the homefront. The website provides information about the project. It is intended to provide access to many materials online at the end of 2008.
Long, long trail, The
The Long, Long Trail is a website compiled and edited by Chris Baker, a member of the University of Birmingham's Centre for First World War Studies. The site is an attempt to present information about the British Army's contribution to the First World War in a clear, scholarly and unemotive manner. In addition to orders of battle and technical details, there are extensive sections on the life of a soldier, and virtual tours of the battlefields. A useful resource for: genealogists; military historians; students; and those with a general interest in the First World War, the site provide…
Medals of the world
Medals of the World aims to be a comprehensive collection of images of medals from around the world. The site is arranged alphabetically, with links to ribbon charts, a text list of orders, decorations and medals of various countries, and further links and references to the medals of countries. Although areas of the site are under construction, a What's New section offers users dozens of recent additional images. Scholars, collectors, teachers and students will all find this site a good starting introduction to this too-often-neglected niche of military history. The site also good li…
Mémoire des Hommes
An official memorial to the French war dead created by the French Ministry of Defence which would be of great value to family and military historians. It offers free access to databases created from the digitalization and indexation of biographical records preserved in the services of the Ministry of Defence. These include military records for French First world war Dead 1914-1918; Indo-china war 1946-1954; list of Resistance fighters and hostages shot by the Nazi on Mont Valérien during World War II; and Soldiers who died for France in Northern Africa (1952-1962) (Algeria, Tunisia an…
National Archives : exhibitions
The exhibitions (formerly the 'Pathways to the Past') section of the National Archives website is intended as a learning resource, introducing the study of history and historical records and acting as a guide to relevant resources held by The National Archives (TNA) for various types of historical research. The site is aimed particularly at undergraduate historians, adults taking evening classes, and members of the public interested in family history.The site is divided into sections: treasures (looking at the classic and important documents held by TNA); Nelson, Trafalgar and those w…
National Archives learning curve
The National Archives Learning Curve is an online teaching resource developed by the The National Archives to support the teaching of history in primary and secondary schools.The content of the site has been structured to tie in with National Curriculum teaching from Key Stages 2 to 5. The archive contains a range of original sources such as documents, photographs, film and audio material. The site covers material from 1066 to the twentieth century. Online exhibitions include the Home Front; the Great War (A First World War Soldier's Record: What can you tell?); and Victorian Britain. …
Soldiers of the First World War - Canadian Expeditionary Forces Database
The Canadian Expeditionary Forces database is maintained by the National Archives of Canada and provides access to the official government indexes of personnel files, attestation and enlistment files of Canadian troops during the First World War 1914-1918. The database can be searched by recruits name or regimental number. The records retrieved provide information on where the full personnel files can be obtained. There is an online ordering form for information.
The National Archives
The National Archives of England, Wales and the United Kingdom was formed by bringing together the Public Record Office and the Historical Manuscripts Commission. It is one of the world's largest archival collections covering 1000 years of British history, from 1086 to the present day, holding records of central government and the courts of law. The website of The National Archives provides a wealth of information about its activities and collections. There is, for example, information about opening hours, locations and events. The site hosts online exhibitions and a virtual museum. T…
How to research your WW1 family history
With the help of an expert Sophie Raworth learns how to research WW1 soldier records in this BBC film-clip.