Today The National Archives will be joining the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and members of the First World War Centenary partnership in a Twitter event to mark the one month countdown to the start of the First World War centenary commemorations.
Different organisations will be on hand throughout the day to tweet on a wide range of topics and issues to do with the history of the First World War and the centenary commemorations. At 10.30 (GMT +1) we will be answering questions you have about how to start researching your First World War ancestors. Later in the day, at 16.30, you can join us again to find out more about Operation War Diary and how you can become a citizen historian.
Because research advice can sometimes be more complicated than 140 characters will allow, we’ve addressed some of the more frequently asked questions that we receive in our reading rooms below. If your question isn’t there, join us on Twitter – use @UkNatArchives and #talkingWW1. Also, we will do our best to answer your question on Twitter, but sometimes we may post the reply here and tweet you a link.
So join us on Twitter, using #talkingWW1 to discuss the First World War, our ancestors and the centenary commemorations. What do you know about your First World War ancestor? Where did you find out the information – was it at a local archive, in our collection, or somewhere else? We’d also like to know what the centenary means to you and in what way you plan to mark it.
Frequently asked questions
Q) How do I search for a service record of an ancestor or person of interest?
A) Most First World War service records are available to search online. Please see The National Archives Looking for a Person webpage and select the relevant service (Army/Navy/Air Force/Marines) for links to begin your search. Please note there will be a fee to download online service records. Alternatively you can visit The National Archives in Kew to carry out the searches for free.