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- The RSL (Returned and Services League) Virtual War Memorial for South Australia and the Northern Territory links the 48,000 names on military memorials with information about the person behind the name. You can search for a name, event or place; filter results; and view information such as the person’s service number, rank, last unit, and conflict served in. You also can view any photos and stories that others have added to the memorial (here are some examples of memorials family historians have added to).
If you have photos or research for a person in the database, you can add it (after first registering with the site).
- The Toronto branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society has undertaken a “For King and Country” project to index war memorials located in local schools that list students, alumni and teachers who served in World War I and World War II. The project recently reached the milestone of 100 schools indexed, for a total or nearly 40,000 names. You can search the For King and Country database here, as well as contact project administrators about volunteering.
- FamilySearch has kicked off a “Meet My Grandma” campaign to gather 10,000 stories about people’s grandmas in 10 days. You can share your favorite story about your grandmother by signing in to your FamilySearch account (or registering if you don’t yet have an account). Once you add a story, you also can add a photo, tag people named in the story, and attach the story to someone in the FamilySearch Family Tree.
- Find A Grave, the free cemetery photo and transcription website Ancestry.com purchased last year, is having a Find A Grave Community Day on Oct. 18, when genealogists are encouraged to visit cemeteries “in need,” take photos, and share information on Find A Grave. View cemeteries in need and sign up to visit a cemetery on the Find A Grave Meetup site. You also can create a meetup at a cemetery near you. Read more about how to participate on Ancestry.com’s blog.