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World War I: Genealogy: Further Research

Resources for history and genealogy

Recommended resources and methods for a deeper study of the Great War

"You will be home before the leaves fall from the trees."

Kaiser Wilhelm II, August 1914. To German troops heading to the Front.

Tips for Finding Books

Some examples of keyword searches include:

  • "World War I" AND causes
  • First World War AND African Americans
  • Brit* AND trench warfare

NOTE: The asterisk (*) truncates a term and will retrieve all forms of the word that follow the truncation symbol. For example, Brit* will retrieve British or Britain.

"World War 1914-1918"

"World War 1914-1918" "Navy Registers of dead"

"United States Army" "World War" "1914-1918"

American Expeditionary Forces

World War, 1914-1918.

World War, 1914-1918 -- Regimental histories -- United States

Recommended Books

Nations Fighting World War I

Map of the World showing the Nations at War, 1914. From Geography of the Great War by Frank McMurry,

Key: Allied Powers and their Colonies are gray
The Central Powers and their Colonies are black


Map of the participants in World War I, circa 1918.

Key: Allied Powers in green
Central Powers in orange
Neutral countries in grey

Bibliographies / Recommendations for Further Reading

Periodicals and Series