For researchers


Can I use the data for my own research? 

The Lives of the First World War database is downloadable and subject to the terms of the IWM Non-Commercial Licence. We would love to hear how you are using Lives of the First World War data in your research project - share details with us on Twitter, using #LivesofWW1.


How can I trace my own family history? 

Please visit Tracing your family history for further guidance.


Can I contribute information or images to Lives of the First World War? 

We are no longer accepting changes or additions to Life Stories and Communities, but all the data that was gathered during the centenary period is fully searchable and will be preserved.


Can I view original records, such as census returns and military documents? 

Whilst IWM will not host records on the permanent digital memorial, you will be able to see the evidence trail for Facts that were added to Lives of the First World War. If you wish to view the original source record, there will be a link to direct you to the relevant external website - please note that some records will require payment to view.