09 April 2012

Service Records tutorial

One of the best resources available to researches of WWI Australian military history is the service records of the AIF soldiers who served. These are available free on line through the National Archives of Australia website. On our web site I have a step by step guide on how to access these records but in recent months the NAA website has been updated and the process of getting to the service record has changed slightly. Also, when I first started this blog most of the readers knew how to access the service records. Now I find that many readers need a bit of a helping hand especially when I post a link to the service records. I hope that this tutorial is helpful to readers.
This post was updated on 17 Feb 13 to reflect changes to the NAA website.
To start with access the NAA home page at this link. The full address is  http://www.naa.gov.au/

On the left hand side of the homepage are the words "Search the collection". Click on this link to go to the next page.


In the middle of the page is a light blue box with the words "Search as a guest". Click on this link to go to the next page.


At the top of the page is a tab that says "Name search". Click on this link to go to the next page.


In the family name box type in the surname you are searching. Immediately below in the drop down box select World War I then click "Search".


The next page will open and there will be the number matches. Click on "Refine this search result" and a new page will open up. In search boxes insert the first name or the service number to reduce the number of results.


This will go to a new page which shows fewer result matches. Click on display.


On the right side of the page will be a book/page symbol and the words "View digital copy". Click on this and the service record will open up in a new page.

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