Celebrate those who fought in WW1 on the Lives of the First World War site
Lives of the First World War is Imperial War Museums’ digital archive for anyone who served in the Great War. Its aim is to encourage people to not just search for information about their ancestors, but to contribute too. So far, more than 128,000 people have joined, and 7.6 million names have been added. Is your ancestor among them? Is there any missing information you can add? In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use the recently redesigned website.
Start by visiting livesofthefirstworldwar.org in your web browser. Click ‘Sign Up Free’ to enter your details, create a password and set up your account. Fill in profile information, then click and wait for a confirmation email to appear in your inbox. Once it’s arrived, click the link in it to start using the site.
Most of its functionality is free – we cover this in the step-by-step guide. However, you can also pay £6 a month (or £50 a year) for a subscription that allows you to build a community around your ancestor (see box), plus access a wider range of resources – including birth, marriage and death records, as well as census and military records – from Findmypast’s extensive collection. These can then be added to your ancestor’s record as further evidence to sit alongside your own photos and digital documents.
Upgrade to a paid subscription on the website and you can access – and connect – military records to your First World War ancestor