07 November 2014

FREE Access to Commemorate WWI Veterans -- Ancestry.com & Findmypast!

Around the world, in November, many remember the men and women who gave their lives in World War I and later conflicts.  In the UK, Canada and in other Commonwealth countries it’s called Armistice day, Remembrance Day or Poppy Day while in the US it’s called Veterans Day and in France in Belgium it’s called Armistice de la Première Guerre Mondiale.  As the centenary of the start of the First World War (1914-1918), this is an extra special year.

Read the Wikipedia page Remembrance Day to learn about similar days of remembrance around the world.

Here are announcements about FREE access to two major genealogical records websites ....


As we remember those who have fallen, Findmypast is making it’s website FREE this weekend to help everyone find their First World War ancestors and learn more about their family.  The weekend commences 12:00pm GMT (7am EST) today and runs through Monday (11:59am GMT).  You must be a registered user (registration is free) to access the website.

You will have access to:
  • Birth, death and marriage records from the USA, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand
  • Travel and migration records from all over the world
  • Millions of newspaper pages from countries that include Germany, France, China, Denmark, Ireland and the USA
  • Military records from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland

There will also be a Live Broadcast at 3pm (10am EST) on Saturday, November 8th (GMT), where some of our family history experts will be giving you advice to help you make the most of your research. 


Subscription genealogy site Ancestry.com announced that its top collections of old military records are FREE to access in honor of Veterans Day from now through Nov. 11 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

The free records include all US wars and some global collections, though the focus is on World War I, which began 100 years ago this past July. Featured collections include:
  • WWI draft registration cards
  • WWI Mothers' Pilgrimage Lists
  • WWI, WWII and Korean War casualty lists

There is also a guide to finding clues in WWI draft cards.

You do NOT have to start a free trial to see the search results, though, you do have to have an account (registration is free) to access the actual records.

A great way to “remember” our ancestors who gave our lives is to learn all that we can about them and make sure that they are never forgotten.

Editor’s Note: You can use worldtimebuddy to convert the GMT times to those for your time zone.

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