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Honour your hero ancestors | Free FindMyPast access

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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).

Search for free:

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 freejoin 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:


Alfred Augustus Rose (grandfather) WWI


Emma Louise Rose wedding (grandfather’s sister) Feb 1918 Grandfather behind Emma and George Baxter


Alfred Augustus Rose (father) WWII


Daniel James Rose (Uncle) WWII


Kenealy wedding 1916 (grandmother’s brother)


George Harry Neate (gt gt cousin). Killed in action 18/7/1915


Gt gt cousin Frederick George Rose

Initials: F G
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: London Regiment
Unit Text: 1st/20th Bn.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 28/05/1917
Service No: 632229
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.


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