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Find your ancestor in our FWW records

Find your ancestor in our First World War records

If you want to explore our First World War records and are new to researching at The National Archives, you can start your research here or chat to one of our reader advisors online.

Search our online collections

Browse our online collections

We hold a vast collection of documents, letters, diaries, maps and photographs from the First World War, many of which have been digitised.

Help us tag our war diaries

Help us tag our war diaries

Operation War Diary is an exciting new crowdsourcing project – help us to unlock the data in our war diaries.

Find out more about crowdsourcing and Operation War Diary or simply go to the website and start tagging.

Discover personal stories

Letters from the First World War
Soldiers' letters

Letters from the First World War

Use our education resource to explore how men from varied backgrounds experienced active service.

First World War poscasts and videos

First World War podcasts and videos

Let our podcasts and videos guide you through our records of the First World War, from tracing battalions of the British Army to the Women's Land Army.

About our programme

About our programme - First World War 100

First World War 100

We are marking the centenary of the war with an extensive programme, spanning a five-year period between 2014 and 2019.

Find out more about our programme, which explores major anniversaries and key aspects of the war through themes (such as technology and the Middle East), special projects and partnerships.


Visit The National Archives Bookshop at Kew

First World War titles in the bookshop

Our bookshop sells a wide range of books, DVDs and merchandise related to the First World War, including useful guides on tracing your ancestors.

Located on the ground floor opposite the cafe.