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  1. is a subscription site with worldwide content. The library edition is available to use for no charge within the building of the State Library of Western Australia and at most public libraries in Western Australia. Top content includes Australian electoral rolls, Australian passenger lists, convict material, UK census 1841-1901, UK birth, marriage and death indexes 1837-2005, UK National Probate Calendar 1861-1941, British phone books 1880-1984, London parish records, New Zealand electoral rolls 1853-1981, United States census, Canadian census and much more. The commercial (non library) version at includes publicly submitted material such as family trees and photographs.
  2. Findmypast is a subscription site which is available to use for no charge within the State Library of Western Australia building. It contains material relating to the United Kingdom and Ireland and all Australian states and New Zealand with a small amount of content for the Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea. The Australian states with the largest amount of material are Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Content includes passenger lists, almanacs, Blue Books, electoral rolls, government gazettes, police gazettes and post office directories. The Ireland section includes will indexes, directories, cemetery transcriptions, land records and more. The largest collection is Irish prison records which includes information on over 3.5 million people. Most coverage for the United Kingdom is for England and Wales, including 1841-1911 census records. Census transcriptions for Scotland for 1841 through to 1901 are also available. Top content includes births, marriages and deaths including overseas BMDs, armed forces BMDs and BMDs at sea; UK outgoing passenger lists 1890-1960 and British Army service records (also known as Chelsea Pensioner records) 1760-1913.
  3. Website of the QARANC Association (Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps). Includes a very useful section on researching British Army nurses.
  4. This site aims to commemorate the Commonwealth service men and women who lost their lives during the two World Wars but whose details were never recorded. It also identifies many civilian casualties.
  5. History of the Royal Air Force which includes a detailed timeline and histories of individual squadrons with their badges.
  6. Some background and history and a message board to post requests for assistance. Links to other sites of interest.
    Tags: by family_history (27 Nov 2014)
  7. Searchable database of officer cadets who attended the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich and the Royal Military College at Sandhurst. Coverage dates for RMA Woolwich are 1790-1793, 1799-1805 and 1820-1939. Coverage dates for RMC Sandhurst are 1800-1946. There are also some staff registers. Brief details are given and the digitised image from the register can be downloaded for a small fee.
  8. This site has a searchable roll of honour with the names of over 1.7 million men and women who died in Commonwealth forces during the two world wars. The place of burial or commemoration is given. In July 2014 a large number of digitised records relating to deaths, burials and identifications were added to the website.
  9. The term “United Empire Loyalists” (often referred to as UEL) refers to the American colonists who remained loyal to the British Crown during the American Revolution, and many of which fought for Britain during that conflict. They fled the United States and settled in what are now the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Ontario. All the archives in these provinces hold records relating to Loyalists, some of which are searchable online.
  10. As part of IWM’s First World War Centenary Programme, photographs from the Museum’s collection are being uploaded to the photo-sharing site Flickr in a set called ‘Faces of the First World War’.
    On Armistice Day 11.11.11, IWM made 100 previously unseen portraits of those who served in the First World War publicly available for the first time on Flickr Commons.
    IWM will continue to upload photographs to Flickr Commons every weekday until August 2014, the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
    The photos were collected by IWM between 1917 and 1920. All of them tell a story. Those shown in them fought – and often died – for Britain and the Commonwealth during the First World War.
  11. This site has a lot of British military genealogy records covering a wide range of conflicts. Most information is pay-per- view with monthly subscriptions available.
    Free content includes the Japanese Prisoner of War records and a Medieval database.
  12. This site has a lot of information about what life was like for the children of British army soldiers from the 17th through to the 21st centuries.
  13. Website of the Royal Air Force Museum which includes copies of the RAF Historical Society Journals.
  14. Website of the National Army Museum in Chelsea. Useful online content includes online exhibitions, online collection which includes many photographs, and various information guides.
  15. Home page of the Imperial War Museums which consists of five separate museums in England covering conflict involving Britain and the Commonwealth from World War One to the present day. Explore their catalogue which provides access to their collections of over 600,000 items, including many digitised photographs.
  16. This page, written by author Simon Fowler, describes which records are available in the National Archives at Kew, formerly the Public Record Office, relating to the Boer War.
  17. This detailed website is full of information about military nursing during the two world wars. It includes a section on how to research a nurse, lists the recipients of medals, lists hospitals in the UK and more. There is also the World War One diary of the matron-in-chief of the British Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders.
  18. This site has a lot of transcribed information mainly on the Boer war and India. There are shipping lists for the Boer war, casualty rolls for the Crimean war plus nominal rolls, medal rolls. army marriages and deaths and more.
  19. Regiments of Foot. Some historical background and a lot of information on amalgamations and changes of name. Regimental songs and nicknames.
    Tags: by family_history (23 Dec 2009)
  20. This website aims to photograph over 1.75 million war graves and memorials from World War One onwards and is being done in collaboration with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. High resolution copies of images can be ordered through the site.
  21. This site includes a useful medal identifier tool.
    Tags: by family_history (12 Oct 2009)
  22. Information on Victoria Cross recipients including listings organised by county of burial.
    Tags: by family_history (29 Sep 2009)
  23. This website has a number of different military databases; Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919; Army Roll of Honour 1939-45; National Roll 1914-18; De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-24 and Men of the Battle of Waterloo 1815. Register for free searching and pay-per-view for the full record which gives the soldier's regiment, rank, number, date of death and theatre of war.
  24. Search British First World War medal index cards, British Prisoner of War records, wills from the Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1384-1858, Royal Navy service records 1873-1923 and more.

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