Family history

The following resources and databases are available to all clients within the Library and remotely to NSW residents with a current library card. These databases are available to registered clients for personal use. Read our summary of access conditions.

These two databases cover WWI specifically:

The First World War: Personal Experiences

Women, War, and Society, 1914-1918

The following newspaper archives will also cover the First World War: 

Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-2006

Chicago Tribune (1849-1990)

Chinese Newspapers Collection (1832-1953)

The Christian Science Monitor (1908-2000)

The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003)

The Irish Times (1859-2012) and The Weekly Irish Times (1876-1958)

Los Angeles Times (1881-1990)

The New York Times (1851-2010)

The Scotsman (1817-1950)

The Sunday Times Digital Archive 1822 - 2006

The Times Digital Archive 1785-2007

The Times of India (1838-2005)

The Wall Street Journal (1889-1996)

The Washington Post (1877-1997)

Researching your family history? Begin your search on our family and local history pages with our research guides, follow the Library’s family history blog or use your Library card to access eresources.

Featured
Ward diary, 6 October 1914 - 28 July 1915
Diary of Eric Harford Ward

More than just this dairy (which is incredibly moving), it's the stories you piece together by reading other material in our collection. While on duty, Eric Ward wrote several letters to his home town paper The Bathurst TimesYou can even get a small glimpse of his life after the war with mention of a wedding. These documents are like pieces of a puzzle that together show a picture of a man who went to war and, thankfully, returned home.

world.war.I@sl.nsw.gov.au
Ph: +61 2 9273 1414
Fax: +61 2 9273 1255

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Sydney NSW 2000,
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