Family connections to WW1

New Family History WW1 Webpage

As we commemorate the centenary of World War 1, many of us are keen to find out more about our family connections to this fascinating period in history. If you’re investigating your family’s involvement in WW1, we’ve made the search process easier by bringing together links to many valuable resources in our new Family History World War 1 webpage.

The page provides selected links to records, databases and publications, as well as websites and information available through other organisations such as the National Archives of Australia and the Australian War Memorial. Resources are listed under practical categories and headings to make your search as simple and easy as possible.

Resource lists cover:

  • Defence and government records
  • History and biographies
  • Histories of battalions
  • Histories of specific services
  • Other resources – including newspapers, databases, websites, blogs and guides.

Search tips also help you make the most of SLQ’s resources when you’re using our catalogue.

Take a look at our new Family History WW1 Resources page.

Image of WWI's soldier's homecoming from The Queenslander, December 6, 1919

The Homecoming, The Queenslander, December 6, 1919

WW1 Family History Talk

On 1 August 2014, Collection Curator Simon Farley and Senior Family History Librarian Stephanie Ryan will run a free information session at SLQ, outlining the resources available to help you trace your family connections to WW1. Learn to make the most of SLQ’s WW1 collections, which include original diaries and letters, newspapers, photographs, oral histories, medals, and rare publications such as home front and battalion histories.

You will also find out about the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation project and commemorative activities that SLQ will be leading in partnership with the cultural and heritage sector over the next five years. See how you can contribute to initiatives such as recording inter-generational stories passed down in Queensland families, a WW1 blog and WW1 research fellowships.

Find out more and register now to secure your place.