FAQs for Researchers
Can I download the data for my own research?

Yes, there is an option to do a CSV Export of Search results. The comma-separated values (CSV) file is a text file that uses a comma to separate data. Each line of the file is a separate data record, and each record consists of many fields, separated by commas.

Common software to open the CSV file and view the data is a spreadsheet program, such as Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers, or Google Docs.

All of the data that exists in the search results page is included in the download, so the user can use it however they wish.

The use of the database is subject to the terms of the IWM Non-Commercial Licence

We would love to hear how you are using Lives of the First World War data in your research project - share details with us on Twitter, using #LivesofWW1.

Can I contribute information or images to Lives of the First World War?

We are no longer accepting changes or additions to Life Stories and Communities, but all the data that was gathered during the centenary period is fully searchable and will be preserved.

Can I view original records, such as census returns and military documents?

Whilst IWM does not host digitised records on the permanent digital memorial, you will be able to see the evidence trail for Facts that were added to Lives of the First World War. IWM is not responsible for the content of external websites. Please note that some sources will require payment to view.

How can I trace my own family history?

Please visit this page for further guidance.

Can I download all of the information on a person?

It's possible to download the information on a person by using the print to PDF (portable document format) option. In the internet browser's (eg Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer) main menu, once the Print option is chosen, there may be an option to Save/Print as PDF. PDFs can then be viewed with a range of software, such as Adobe Reader.