Cel­e­brate those who fought in WW1 on the Lives of the First World War site

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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 livesoft­he­first­world­ 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

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