Sites to help those interested in charity history, military history and family history particularly for those with ancestors who were in the military.

For links specifically relating to the history of Blind Veterans UK, see Resources 


Charity history

Charity Archivists and Records Managers Group (CHARM)

An informal group for archivists and records managers working in the voluntary sector.

CHARM Facebook page

Regular updates from charity archives.

Charity Archives in the 21st Century (2014)

A report by Matthew McMurray, RVS Archivist, on the state of charity archives in the UK.

Archiving the Mixed Economy of Welfare

A project, funded by the British Academy, which aims to scope issues around voluntary sector archives, provide a knowledge exchange programme for them, and publish relevant guidance and information about record-keeping for the charity sector.

Voluntary Action History Society (VAHS)

A membership group for those interested in the history and analysis of voluntary action.

Family and military history

A commercial family history site, many digitised sources

The National Archives

Holds the records of government and its agencies and provides information about and assistance to other archives. Lots of sources and information relating to researching family and military history.

Army Museums Ogilby Trust

Provides advice and information about army regimental museums in the UK and research into army ancestors.

British Red Cross First World War VADs database

A database of the digitised and transcribed index cards of VADs (Voluntary Aid Detachment nurses) who took part in the First World War and which are held by the British Red Cross Museum and Archives.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Commemorates the deceased of the two world wars and includes a database to locate graves and other places of commemoration.

D-Day Museum

Information about the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth and much other information relating to the D-Day landings.

Federation of Family History Societies

A co-ordinating and representative body for family history societies. Their website contains lots of useful information and guides.


A commercial family history site, many digitised sources

Imperial War Museums

Information about the museums, the collections they hold and more.

Ministry of Defence – applying for service records

Guidance on how to apply for your own, or a family member’s, service records, for those records still held by the Ministry of Defence and not yet transferred to the National Archives.

National Army Museum

Information about the museum, its collections, and army history.

National Museum of the Royal Navy

Details of the naval museums and ships and of their collections.

RAF Museum

Has sites in Shropshire and London.

Society of Genealogists

The UK’s largest family history society.