1. During November it will be FREE to search Great War records at the Ancestry.co.uk site (don’t click the ‘Free Trial’ link unless you want to register for a 14 day trial of the entire site – you can search the WW1 records without registering).
2. The Family History Library has been providing classes to patrons for many years. In the past, a patron would have to travel to the Library to take advantage of these classes, but no longer. The Library will begin testing different methods of exporting these classes to patrons who reside outside of the Salt Lake City area. The first method to be tested is a set of five lessons in a classroom setting in a video format. These lessons are now available and cover the basics of getting started with family history research in England. The five lessons are called
Lesson 1: Research Overview
Lesson 2: Census Records
Lesson 3: Civil Registration
Lesson 4: Church Records
Lesson 5: Find Your Ancestors
You are invited to visit familysearch.org, view these lessons, and then give your feedback by using the feedback link there on the online classes’ page.
3. To search the free Canadian Soldiers of the First World War database, go to the Canadian Genealogy Centre, Library and Archives Canada (LAC): http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-909.006-e.html
There is much more there - all free. Always check LAC first for Canadian material.
This is an index to a database of images of attestation papers *usually 2 pages, sometimes more than one attestation for an individual. To order copies of the individual's whole file, see the research information with the free index. The LAC index includes nurses and chaplains, as well as soldiers.
4. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has a searchable database at http://www.cwgc.org/
Remember – if the http://www.kdgs.ca/ address does not work – please copy and paste into the address area at the top of your browser.
Have a great day and good luck on your searches for soldiers.