11 November 2012

Free Military Records Access at Ancestry.com -- Around the World

Today is Veteran’s Day!

This is such an important day as we honor those who have served our country in the military, including many who lost their lives.  Whether you are attending a ceremony or parade or privately acknowledging their contributions, do take a moment to respectfully think about what many of our ancestors and living extended family and friends have done to ensure the freedoms of many around the world.

One way to honor these contributions is to research the military service of our ancestors.

To help us get started, we can enjoy some free access to military database records around the world:


Ancestry.ca is providing free access to select military records from some of the most popular collections, from November 8th to 12th, including records covering Soldiers of the First World War, the Rebellion of 1837 and the War of 1812, which can be accessed by visiting www.ancestry.ca/11remembrance.

Also, in honor of Remembrance Day, Ancestry.ca announced the launch of more than 1.5 million new historical Canadian military records spanning more than 100 years.  

[Thanks Lisa Louise Cooke, Genealogy Gems]

Australia/New Zealand

Over the past 200 years, New Zealanders have bravely fought in many wars, on many different battlefields around the world. This long-standing history of military involvement on the world stage has left its mark on New Zealand society; the nation has suffered great human loss while helping to shape New Zealand’s identity and relationship with the rest of the world.

Starting Friday November 9 until 1.59AM Monday November 12, 2012, Ancestry.com.au, the world’s largest online family history resource, will make over 9.4 million New Zealand, Australian, Canadian and UK military records free to search this Remembrance Day to encourage more Kiwis to start exploring their family’s military history. Tragically, many young soldiers who are killed in action do not leave any descendants behind and are often forgotten despite having made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.


For Remembrance Weekend, we feel that everyone should have the chance to discover the war heroes in their family. That’s why we’ve made our most popular military records free* for everyone to use, from 9th-12th November.
The free* collections are our World War I Service, Pension and Medal Index Cards. 
[Thanks Ancestry.com UK blog]

Editor’s Note: I did not see where Ancestry.com (US) nor Fold3 were providing free access to US military collections and I would be happy to learn otherwise and update this post with that info!

Editor’s Note: If you have a World Subscription to Ancestry.com, you can access these Ancestry.com collections around the world]

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