Me­gan Robert­son,

the cre­ator of medals.org.uk

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“I am go­ing to rec­om­mend the Or­ders and Medals So­ci­ety of Amer­ica ( www.omsa.org) which is a so­ci­ety of medal col­lec­tors cen­tred in (but not con­fined to) the United States and their in­ter­ests are equally world­wide.

Of par­tic­u­lar note is the images data­base, filled with pic­tures of or­ders, dec­o­ra­tions and medals from around the world. This is an in­valu­able re­source if you are try­ing to iden­tify an un­usual medal you have found in an an­ces­tor’s ef­fects or de­picted in a pho­to­graph. Those who run the site, although quite small in num­ber, are friendly and will­ing to an­swer in­quiries and try to iden­tify mys­tery medals for all com­ers – very help­ful if you are puz­zled by some­thing that you have found. There is a grow­ing blog sec­tion where mem­bers write in de­tail about their par­tic­u­lar ar­eas of ex­per­tise – this can make a fas­ci­nat­ing read. If they are writ­ing about some­thing rel­e­vant to your re­search, it can re­ally put mat­ters in con­text.

As well as run­ning my own Medals of the World web­site (see box 5, fac­ing page), I’m the Im­age Data­base Man­ager, and have spent 18 months on a ma­jor over­haul of the Bri­tish sec­tion, adding a lot more de­tail, and of course more pic­tures, to that sec­tion.”

US Pri­vate Daniel Ed­wards re­ceives medals in 1923 for ac­tions in France dur­ing the First World War

omsa.org can help in iden­ti­fy­ing medals from around the world

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