Category Archives: Archives

British Soldier’s Wills

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The digital collection British Soldier’s Wills is a project of the UK government in which some 280,000 soldier’s wills between 1850 and 1996 have been digitized. These wills are part of a general database for probate search in the United Kingdom. The Original wills are kept by Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service (HMCTS). In the simple search mode you can search for name and year of death. The advance search mode adds the possibilty to search also for first names, the day and month of death, and regimental number. You have to register to view the digitized wills, but you can search without registration. The interface of this database is in English.

British Soldier’s Wills

Testaments de guerre de poilus parisiens (1914-1918)

An enveloppe of a soldier's will - AN, MC/ET/LIX/1094The digital collection Testaments de guerre de poilus parisiens (1914-1918) [War wills of Parisian soldiers, 1914-1918] is a project of the École nationale de Chartes in Paris, the famous French institution for the training of archivists. This collection offers a selection of wills created by soldiers from Paris during the First World War. The 134 wills edited here are kept at the Archives nationales de France. All wills stem from soldiers who died between 1914 and 1918 with the mention Mort pour la France. The collection is accompanied by an introduction, essays on numerous aspects concerning these wills, and a bibliography. You can search for the names of deceased soldiers and for the location of their death. The collections can only be viewed in French.

The École nationale des Chartes has digitized the commemorative publication L’École des Chartes et la Guerre (1914-1918): Livre d’Or (Paris 1921).

Testaments de guerre de poilus parisiens (1914-1918)

The private archive of the Lazic family

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The digital collection The private archive of the Lazic family is the fruit of support from the Endangered Archives Programme of the British Library for a project (EAP 833) at the University Library ‘Svetozar Markovic’ in Belgrad to save and digitize the fragile items in the private archive and library of the Lazic family in Belgrad. The First World War looms large in this collection, with rare law books by Geca Kon, rare Serbian periodicals, for example Serbian newspapers printed in Curfu and Thessaloniki, pamphlets, municipal decrees, archival records and books. Some 50,000 pages are being digitized. The overview of files is a simple list with the titles of digitized items; for some books you can choose the relevant part, but there is no search function.

You can follow the Endangered Archives Programme on its blog at the British Library.

The private archive of the Lazic family

First World/Great War

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The website First World/Great War is an initiative of the Istorijki Arhiv Beograda  [Historical Archives of Belgrade]. On this website you find a guide to historical records and archival collections in this city archive. In this guide ou can choose collections, themes and names from dropdown lists. There are articles on several subjects (e.g. economy, schools, health and the judiciary), and there  is a timeline, a bibliography and a section with links to other relevant web sources.  The image gallery shows you some highlights. You can visit this website in Serbian or English.

First World/Great War

Discovering Anzacs

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The digital portal Discovering Anzacs is the fruit of cooperation between the National Archives of Australia and the Archives of New Zealand. The portal brings together government archival records concerning the participation of soldiers from Australia and New Zealand during the First World War, in particular at Gallipoli, and also in the Boer War in South Africa. You can browse records, read group stories, follow the timelines or look for particular locations using an interactive map. The image gallery contains photographs stemming from a crowdsourcing action. With the advanced serach mode you can tune your search questions. Under Learn you will find educational resources.

At the Anzac Portal you can find more links to websites and portals about the Anzacs.

Discovering Anzacs

Wielka Wojna: Polish archives and the Great War

Banner Wielka WojnaThe portal Wielka Wojna: Polish archives and the Great War has been created by the Naczelna Dyrekcja Archiwów Pánstowych, the National Direction of Polish State Archives. Its core is an list of virtual exhibitions and/or activities in Polish state and city archives, organized by year, with 2014 on the top. You have to scroll down to find the most recent items. There is a page for new publications by Polish archives, a page for conferences and similar events, and a similar list for other projects, and also a page about themes concerning the First World War. Alas there are not for all items in these lists links. The portalsite can only be viewed in Polish.

Wielka Wojna: Polish archives and the Great War

World War I Centennial

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The World War I Centennial portal has been created by the National Archives in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the entrance on April 6, 1917 of the United States into the First World War. The portal has many features, ranging from timelines, genealogical records, collections about a number of themes such as technology, training, medicine, battlefields, the homefront and remembrance, to an app (Remembering WW1), crowdsourcing for transcribing records and educational resources. The portal offers also links to digital collections elsewhere. You can view this portal only in English.

World War I Centennial