Find your World War 1 ancestors

Find your World War 1 ancestors

The First World War (1914-1918) was one of history’s most catastrophic conflicts. The first global war, it claimed over nine million lives and affected families around the world. If you’re tracing ancestors who fought, or others who were involved in the Great War, Findmypast is the best place to start your search.

World War 1 records on Findmypast

World War 1 records on Findmypast
An example of a Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Service Certificate

Findmypast has one of the most comprehensive collection of First World War records anywhere online.

From United Kingdom Navy, Army and Air Force service records and rolls of honor, to regimental lists and registers of Red Cross volunteers, our records will help you trace the wartime experiences of the people who served around the world. The U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 are considered some of the most valuable records from the early 20th century. With 19 million military records in this collection, you can find occupations, nearest relatives, and origin cities for your ancestors, as well as the signature of each individual, offering a rare glimpse of an ancestors’ handwriting.You can also search our extensive archive of newspaper reports to find more about those serving in battle or volunteering at the Home Front. Fascinating details from local papers will put your World War One research in context and bring it to life.

As well as our extensive collection of British Military records, we also have millions of records from around the world. Our records date back hundreds of years, so you can trace your family history through World War 1 and beyond.

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  • Immigration & Travel

    Immigration & Travel

    Passenger lists, passport applications and other travel records help you follow your ancestors around the world.

  • Births & Baptisms

    Births & Baptisms

    Support your military research with the UK's largest collection of parish baptisms, marriages and burials.

  • Newspaper records

    Newspaper records

    Thousands of regional newspapers give a picture of wartime press reporting.

  • Military Service & Conflict records

    Military Service & Conflict records

    Our extensive military collection includes records from WWI, WWII, and many other conflicts.

  • BMD records

    BMD records

    Find out where and when your World War One ancestors were born, married and died.

  • Census records

    Census records

    Put your World War One research into context with our census records.

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Featured WW1 records

Featured WW1 records

World War 1 draft cards. From 1917, over 24 million Americans registered for the draft. Our WW1 draft card collection represents a quarter of the US population at the time, and includes some of the country’s most famous sons.

Getting started

Getting started

Begin your military history research straight away with our handy getting started guide.