Saturday, 5 July 2014

Commonwealth War Graves Commission revamp

From the Commonwealth War Graves Commission ( newsletter:

On 7 July, the CWGC is launching an exciting range of new digital services on its website.

These include:

the launch of the Discover 14-18 website - to help people visit our cemeteries and memorials and understand their history
the launch of our First World War casualty archive documents online
and enhancements to Search Our Records
While the enhancements are taking place, users may experience some disruption to our normal web services but we hope that, with the changes, users will find the experience of searching through our records even more fascinating than before.

The full newsletter is at


Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And FindmyPast - please reinstate the original Scottish census citations on your new site.


  1. Typical, just as I had prepared some case study presentations with cwgc screenshots to use to teach how to research ww1 ancestors! It always happens. At least I have used them once - usually they change the relevant website a day or so before my talk. Let's hope the new improved website is actually an improvement and doesn't follow the current trend of losing functionality to style.

  2. Looks to me very much like they have followed the Find My Past business model - I've just searched for an soldier in the Ypres Town Extension cemetery and it returns a list of 2681 people, so far none of which are buried in the cemetery.

    At Least they currently don't charge to search through that lot.