I’ve talked about honouring our ancestors before and this Remembrance Day, Find My Past is giving everyone the chance to uncover heroes in their family tree.
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From November 10th to the 13th, you can explore Findmypast’s entire collection of over 70 million military records covering some of modern history’s most significant conflicts free of charge.
Starting at 9am on the 10th until 11.59pm on 13th you will have free access to the records! NOW is the time to find out more about the military careers of your ancestors and spend some time remembering (you can spend some time finding out about the campaigns too adding that personal dimension to your research).
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British Military records – the most comprehensive records online dating back to the 1600s.
Irish Soldier records – millions of Irish soldier records spanning hundreds of years.
Military records – millions of records including Australia, Ireland and America.
What can you expect to find?
Military records are vital genealogical resources, particularly when an ancestor seems to disappear from census data and during the ages of mechanised warfare where conscription led to most men in the country being sent to fight. The level of information preserved in military records can help you understand more about your ancestors and even read full physical descriptions, details of where they were sent, and even their disciplinary and medical records.
Only around 40% of World War One service records have survived. However, FindMyPast have indexed and combined what’s left with supplementary papers that reveal the details of more soldiers than ever before, giving you a better chance of finding details to add to your tree than anywhere else online. You can also search for ancestors in medal rolls, embarkation lists, honour rolls, casualty lists and much more.
That’s not all that’s free … join in the webinar on 11th November at 4pm (GMT) where military record expert Paul Nixon will be explaining how to piece together the stories of your army ancestors using photographs. Just register on the home page.
Good luck with finding out more about your ancestors.
Let me know in the comments how you get on.
Here are my military relatives/ancestors:
Gt gt cousin Frederick George Rose
|Name:||ROSE, FREDERICK GEORGE|
|Unit Text:||1st/20th Bn.|
|Date of Death:||28/05/1917|
|Additional information:||Son of Caroline Rose, of 21, Florfield Rd., Mare St., Hackney, London.|
|Casualty Type:||Commonwealth War Dead|
|Grave/Memorial Reference:||III. A. 8.|
|Cemetery:||DICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY EXTENSION|