Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


International Tracing Service

The International Tracing Service is an organization dedicated to finding missing persons, typically lost to family and friends as a result of war or political unrest during World War II. Its headquarters are in Bad Arolsen in Germany, it operates under the legal authority of the Bonn Agreement, is under the administrative umbrella of the International Committee of the Red Cross, is funded by the government of Germany, and its documents are now open to public access. for more click here

“The UK hosted the Annual Plenary Meeting of the International Commission for the International Tracing Service (ITS) in London on 18 May. The Tracing Service clarifies the fate of victims of Nazi persecution and their families.

Foreign Office Minister, Lord Malloch-Brown, gave a short speech at the meeting held at Lancaster House welcoming news that the archive will be opened up to the public and digitised.
He said:

“Tracing will, of course, continue to be a function of the ITS but this process of opening up the archive will allow new generations to benefit from the ITS’ work in new ways. The fifty million reference cards and three million correspondence files contained in the archive will become both a source of genealogical information for those whose own family members suffered and a valuable resource for a wider range of historians and other scholars.”


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