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Family Histories

13 April 2014 - 9:45pm -- drWelly

I am compiling a family history and became interested in how many family members served in WW1.  I researched them as much as possible in family records, ancestry.com, and the National Archives etc and found twelve in my and my wife's immediate family.  I have obtained some of their military files from archives, have photos and medal records etc.  They served as sappers, officers, privates, on ships etc.  Only one died in conflict, A great uncle who served in the Australian army, reflecting the strong Anzac connections.  I have compiled their records into a family booklet.  Their stories are interesting and background research makes that even more so.  There should be an official government website area where these stories can be posted (or is there one?). 

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Submitted by WW100 New Zealand on

Re: Official government website areas for sharing stories

Thanks for sharing information about your research - it sounds like you are discovering a rich history! Regarding posting these to an official government website area, the government has provided funding to the Online Cenotaph redevelopment project at Auckland War Memorial Museum, as part of the First World War centenary programme, WW100.

When completed, Online Cenotaph will be the online gathering point for the personal and official memory of people who served for New Zealand Aotearoa. While facts and figures will remain an important part of Online Cenotaph it will increasingly feature the recording of personal stories like the ones that you have researched, so you will be able to add these, along with copies of photos or images of memorabilia.

There is also work being done to create web pages for New Zealanders who served in the Australian Imperial Force on Online Cenotaph - so you won't see a record for that relative on the website currently, but it will be present in future.

You can find out more about the Online Cenotaph redevelopment project on the Museum's website:


It is due to be launched towards the end of this year, 2014. You can also submit some information in the interim. More about that here: http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/collections-and-library/library-info-centr...

There is also an equivalent Australian government project, Discovering Anzacs. You can find out more about that here: http://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/, which would be a good place to share information about any Australian relatives.

Submitted by Onward Project on

It sounds like you have done some good work! We are working on a project to publish a photograph of every member of the NZEF to embark overseas during WW1. We would be honoured to be able to publish their photographs in our next volume. You can see more at www.onwardproject.co.nz