We’re looking for people in the north-east of England, the former Dominions, and beyond.
Can you help research the lives of ‘Geordies’ who joined up in the land forces of Australia, New Zealand, Newfoundland, and Canada?
It might be that you have a relative who served or that you’re just interested in the First World War. You may already have some of the skills necessary to research these lost ‘Geordie’ lives or you may want to acquire them. We want as many people as possible to get involved.
The project is both interesting and challenging. We are confident that anyone who takes time to learn just a little about the scale and impact of the war will be encouraged to play a part in the project.
Participation in this project is an opportunity to learn about how to access the many sources of information and archive records that have been made publicly available on the internet. This knowledge may be useful for the future should you wish to pursue any private interest which requires knowledge of the research data available at local, national, and international sources. If you wish to learn more about how to volunteer, please contact us.
The project will follow the research processes developed by the highly successful and path breaking work of the Northumbria World War One Commemoration Project.
Several members of that group have agreed to participate in the new project and will be available to support and mentor new volunteers. However as the aim is to recruit volunteers from across the whole area of the former administrative counties of Northumberland and Durham (and beyond if there is interest), it is the local knowledge and expertise of new volunteers which will be vital to the success of the project.
The Project Co-ordinator (Research Assistant) Alan Fidler initiated and led the hugely successful and diverse Tynemouth Project which in addition to the detailed research carried out by more than 60 local volunteers also engaged in diverse community activities including small scale talks and a more prestigious lecture programme. Something we would hope to emulate but on a smaller scale in view of the tighter timescale of the Dominion Geordies project.
Alan will be available to meet with local history and family research groups to explain the project’s aims and hopefully engage as many volunteers as possible for the project.
So, whether you are a novice or an experienced researcher of your own family history, we would be delighted to have you working with us.
The methodology has been proven – what we need is your help to build a comprehensive and fascinating insight into the stories of so many of the local men and women of the North East who, having left their native land in the three decades or so before the war, found themselves volunteering to return and fight for the homeland in the campaigns of the war across the world.
The learning resources featured here have been designed to help volunteers use some of the most important sources available for this project. We recommend you watch the ‘Getting started’ video or read the ‘Getting started’ help sheet. Additionally, video tutorials are available on the following subjects:
- Using the Discovering Anzacs website
- Using the databases of the New Zealand and Australian archives
- Using online historical newspapers (Australia and New Zealand)
- Accessing Canadian material