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Find Your Family

Do you want to know more about what role your relatives played in the Great War? In Glasgow, the Mitchell Library, run by Glasgow Life, is a one-stop shop for the family historian.

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At the Family History Centre, our librarians can help assist you as your begin your journey to find our about your family and the First World War. All you need is a name to begin your search. If your relative has more than one name, include these - this will help reduce the number of entries returned. Any additional information or details for example age, regiment or regiment number will also help you find your relatives quicker.

All Glasgow library users can access for free from library computers the Ancestry Library Edition - a family history site which has thousands of searchable databases including military records.
Online Resources

There are a number of online resources to help you in your First World War search.

These cards record the medals that men and women who served in the First World War were entitled to claim. Searching the records at The National Archives website is free but to view a card you'll have to pay a fee.

If you think your relative was killed in action you can search online for free at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

The gazette lists medals awards during the First World War. 

During the First World War, the Evening Times newspaper published short biographies of service personnel who were reported as missing, killed or wounded.

'The Long Long Trail' is a useful link to help with researching a soldier during the First World War .

Govan High School's Voluntary Archivist Ian McCracken has some useful tips for those setting out to research their family's First World War history: pdf icon Researching the First World War [29kb]

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