Finding your First World War ANZACs

Bernard D, 23 September 2012 · # · ·

Kerry Farmer gave an excellent overview of WWI family history resources at Mosman Library this week. You can download the handout here:

Her advice:

  • Don’t just search on people, explore the history of their unit, the actions in which they took part and the places they were at. War diaries can be especially illuminating. In addition to the resources at the Australian War Memorial, State and National libraries have collections of photos, letters and war diaries, many of which are available online. And don’t forget to check New Zealand and British archives and newspapers.
  • You can use Google to search any website by using the site search operator. For example "Mosman NSW" will search across the entire Australian War Memorial site for the phrase “Mosman NSW”.
  • It’s free to search findmypast – and if you need to dig deeper, the library has a subscription.

In addition to the sources Kerry cited, if you have WWI questions you can also ask the many knowledgeable and helpful people on forums like the Great War Forum and The Gallipolian.

Thanks again to Kerry, and it was good to meet more people with Mosman Great War connections.