About DRogers

M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history year round, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane's Your Aunt. She's been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and further afield. She has a lifelong interest in Canadian and women's history and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

Links – World War I Research

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:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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:
http://www.mgtrust.org/index.htm

India Office Records, British Library and see also TNA:
http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelpregion/asia/india/indiaofficerecords/indiaofficehub.html

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

NEWER AND RECOMMENDED WEBSITES

CANADA

The Great War 1914-1918, Postmedia: http://ww1.canada.com/

CARIBBEAN

The British West Indies Regiment, The Long, Long Trail: http://www.1914-1918.net/britishwestindiesregiment.html

Caribbean Roll of Honour: http://caribbeanrollofhonour-ww1-ww2.yolasite.com/

Caribbean participants in the First World War, Memorial Gates Trust: http://www.mgtrust.org/car1.htm

Tracing West Indian Service Personnel, Imperial War Museum (.pdf): www.iwm.org.uk/upload/pdf/info.48.pdf

War Memorial, British West Indies Regiment, Belgium, Jamaican Family Search: http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/images/photos68.htm

JAMAICA

Jamaica and the Great War, The Gleaner: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/pages/history/story0014.html

War Memorial, St. Mary’s, Port Maria, St. Mary, Jamaica, Jamaican Family Search: http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/images2/StMaryMemorial.htm

UNITED KINGDOM

Every Man Remembered, Royal British Legion: http://www.everymanremembered.org/
See all the Royal British Legion’s World War I Centenary projects: http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/ww1-centenary

Lest We Forget – 11 November 2014 – Remembrance Day in Canada

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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

BCGS General Meeting – Nov. 12, 2014 – Speaker: Colin MacGregor Stevens

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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? with Brenda L. Smith – Vancouver, Nov. 10, 2014

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.

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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.

 

Downtown Vancouver Genealogy Group meets Tues., Nov. 18, 2014 – Note date change.

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.

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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.