The 100th anniversary of the First World War has meant there has been a huge flurry of activity to make research resources available worldwide.
A large number of books have been reprinted, some have been revised and updated and a number have been newly written.
My Family History shelves are groaning with new resources, and I know that other non-fiction and reference collections throughout Auckland Libraries are similarly bulging with new books.
Here at Auckland Libraries we have created a webpage on our website devoted to the centenary commemorations, which includes links to a themed page or new and recommended reading list including selected family history titles. This is just a small sample of new items we have - we have many more resources on the shelves.
Additionally, we also have developed the Our Boys, Your Stories website, where we have curated digitised versions of our collection.
Have a look at the Resources page on the Our Boys website to see what has been developed to assist you! Particularly the "Our Boys, Our Families" research guide that has been developed to assist you with your research. Feel free to download the guide to your computer.
Anzac Day is the day that is a national day of remembrance for Australians and New Zealanders who died during armed conflict.
This is the fifth year that Auckland Libraries and the Kintalk blog have issued a Trans-Tasman Anzac Day Blog Challenge.
Do you have a story to share about an Anzac?
Stories we'd like to hear about could be about their service, or the way their sacrifice shaped or impacted on their family history. Maybe you want to blog from the perspective of those that were left behind?
Your story doesn't have to involve a serviceperson who lost their lives - during times of war, families had all sorts of experiences.
And you can write about those who also served in other wars, as all who served in Australia and New Zealand are now recognised as Anzacs.
Maybe you have written about your Anzac before, and have more research to add to the story?
- See if your service person is included in the Our Boys website. If he/she is please create a free account and add your story or
- Write a blog post about an serviceman or woman and/or their family, and the impact war had on their family's story or
- Post a comment with the URL to your blog on the comments section of this post or
- If you don't have a blog then you can email us your story at email@example.com and we will share it for you
- Publish your post by 26 April 2015.
After Anzac Day, all submissions will be listed in a summary posting on Auckland Libraries' Kintalk blog.
For diaries, letters, postcards and albums
For other sites, look at:
- the Auckland War Memorial Museum;
- the Australian War Memorial site
- Archives New Zealand Archway - Discover World War One
- Discovering Anzacs - the joint initiative between the National Archives of Australia and Archives New Zealand
- the National Archives of Australia or look further by
- using the resources listed on Cora Num’s website.
- National Archives of Australia Facebook page about their Shellshocked Exhibition and some of the personal stories that they have collected might also be of interest.
- 2011 Trans-Tasman Anzac Day Blog Challenge to get you started!
The centenary of the First World War - 2014-2018