FINDMYPAST GRANTS FIVE DAYS OF FREE ACCESS TO ALL MILITARY RECORDS AHEAD OF VETERANS DAY 2017
· Findmypast makes entire collection of more than 80 million world military records free for five days
· All UK, Irish, Australian, Canadian and US military records free from the 8th to the 12th November 2017
Leading family history website Findmypast has today announced that they will be making their entire collection of world military records free for five days in honour of Veterans Day 2017.
From 8th November until midnight, 12th November 2017, all 80 million records within Findmypast’s “Military, Armed Forces and Conflict” category will be completely free to search and explore, providing family historians from around the globe with the opportunity to uncover the stories of the military heroes within their own family.
This will include free access to:
· Over 50 million US and Canada military records
· Over 25 million World War 1 United States Army Draft Registration Cards
· Over 6.2 million Civil War Soldiers, Sailors and Medal records
· Over 1.3 million United States Civil War Pension File Index records
· Over 110,000 records covering Revolutionary War pensions and veterans
· Millions of records covering US forces in Korea, Vietnam and WW2
· Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and British Army service records including British Army records both for WW1 and pre WW1 – these multiple page documents were released in partnership with The National Archives and are packed with fascinating biographical details such as the names and addresses of next of kin, and character references from commanding officers
· Over 2.6 million POW records in our exclusive Prisoners of War 1715-1945 collection
· Over 1.1 million WW2 casualty records in our collection of British Army Casualty Lists.
· Over 6 million British medals and awards records
Military records are vital genealogical resources. By providing free access to these important documents, Findmypast will enable researchers to uncover highly detailed accounts of their ancestors’ military service including physical descriptions, details of the decorations, promotions or awards they received, where they were stationed, and even their disciplinary and medical records. Findmypast’s extensive collections of POW records, Casualty Lists and Honour Rolls will also help researchers to commemorate the incredible sacrifices made by previous generations in defence of their country.
Free Live Webinar
On Thursday November 9th, Findmypast will be hosting a free Veterans Day Webinar featuring in-house military expert, Paul Nixon, newspaper expert Aoife O’Connor and special guest, National Archives record specialist Audrey Collins. Viewers will receive expert tips for using Findmypast’s collection of military records and historical newspapers to create detailed profiles of their military ancestor’s lives and Audrey Collins will be taking a detailed look at how the 1939 Register can be an invaluable tool for tracing British relatives at the outbreak of World War 2. The Webinar will also include a live Q&A session in which viewers will be invited to submit their questions to the hosts as well as Findmypast’s team of experts.
Learn more at: military-records/
Notes to editors
Millions of wartime newspaper reports are available to search in Findmypast’s collection of historic World, British and Irish newspapers. Newspapers will not be covered by free access.
Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online family history. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Lives of the World War 1, The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, amongst others.
Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over eight billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research.
In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitized records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. Findmypast, in association with The National Archives, recently launched the 1939 Register, a record of 41 million lives on the eve of World War II.
For more information please contact Alex Cox, email: acox