BRITISH EMPIRE COUNTRIES – WORLD WAR I
GENEALOGY AND FAMILY HISTORY RESOURCES
General websites and resources for all British Empire (now Commonwealth) World War I resources – watch for updates to this list.
See two BCGS World War I session handouts
WWI British Empire Military – Genealogy & Family History – BCGS-VPL by M. Diane Rogers (.pdf)
World War I – UK Genealogy Research by Susan Snalam (.pdf)
Further Links and books
Commonwealth War Graves Commission: http://www.cwgc.org
World War I Casualties, Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I_casualties
National Library, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, WW I, Race, empire and colonial troops: http://www.bl.uk/world-warone/themes/race-empire-and-colonial-troops
The Long, Long Trail, The British Army in the Great War of 1914-1918: http://www.1914-1918.net
List of First World War Victoria Cross recipients:
The First World War in 100 Objects by Peter Doyle (The History Press, 2014).
Memorial Gates Trust, soldiers of the Indian subcontinent, Africa and the Caribbean:
India Office Records, British Library and see also TNA:
Lives of the First World War, Imperial War Museums and D.C. Thomson (Find My Past – some content $): https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/
The Great War 1914-1918: A Guide to W W I Battlefields on the Western Front and History of First World War: http://www.greatwar.co.uk/
Prisoners of the First World War – International Committee of the Red Cross: http://grandeguerre.icrc.org
This image is from In Flanders Fields by Lieutenant Colonel John McRae, M.D., Canadian Expeditionary Force, illustrated by Ernest Clegg, then late of the Bedfordshire Regiment, British Expeditionary Force (New York, 1921, page 1).
You may read and/or download this beautiful book at the Internet Archive.
Read about the poet John McCrae – Veterans Affairs Canada
And about the artist Ernest Clegg – George Glazer Gallery
The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 12 November, 2014, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.
Directions and map (.pdf)
Colin MacGregor Stevens will speak on Military Records.
Also at this meeting:
BCGS MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL — You may renew or join for 2015 at this meeting, or right now with PayPal on the BCGS website, or by mail.
BCGS MOST IMPROVED GENEALOGIST CONTEST — all BCGS members are eligible; submit your entry to the Education Committee at the November 2014 meeting.
BCGS BOUTIQUE — Boutique items or Boutique gift certificates will make great presents for genealogist friends or for prospective genealogists. See the Boutique display at the November meeting, or contact the Boutique to pre-order specific books, maps, etc.
The photograph above shows “Two Canadian soldiers reading a War Bond poster in a ruined village in their lines. December, 1917 “ Courtesy Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada: online MIKAN no. 3396789.
Can You Prove That? Standards of Proof for Family History Research with Brenda L. Smith – November 10, 2014 at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch
Free presentation, sponsored by the British Columbia Genealogical Society and the Vancouver Public Library.
Date: Monday, November 10, 2014 – 2 pm.
Location: Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library, Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye rooms. 350 West Georgia St.
Brenda L. Smith writes for the Maple Ridge Historical Society Family History Newsletter, and leads the Hammond Family History Project. She presents research methodology programs for libraries, museums and archives, family history societies and other interested groups and for the Cloverdale Genealogy Collection of Surrey Libraries, Brenda developed and teaches two workshop series.
Please note the date change this month for the Vancouver Genealogy Discussion Group to Tuesday, November 18th (not November 11th) due to the Remembrance Day holiday.
Bring your ideas, questions and latest discoveries. It’s a friendly, helpful group – all interested in genealogy and family history are welcome.
Meetup at 1pm at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library in the Board Breakout Room, 7th Floor, 350 West Georgia, November 18th, 2014.
For more about our group, see our Meetup pages.
The photograph above shows the Norwegian-Icelandic Jubilee Committee float in the Vancouver, British Columbia, Golden Jubilee parade in 1936 as it passes the Carnegie Library. Photographer, James Crookall. Photo courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives and James Crookall, AM640-S1-: CVA 260-495. Thanks to funding by the Friends of the City of Vancouver Archives over 1000 of Mr. Crookall’s photographs have now been digitized. For more about him and his photographs, see the Authenticity blog article, “The Photography of James Crookall” by Sue Bigelow, published 24 March 2014. Authenticity is the City of Vancouver Archives blog.