News7th November 2014

Find your family’s heroes with free access to an on-line database

Remembrance weekend access to an on-line data base to research family history

by Sarah Lawrence

Do you know the history of your family from the World Wars. If not, you might be interested in this Press Release from Findmypast, giving free access to their records this weekend. 

PRESS RELEASE - 7 November 2014

This Remembrance Day, find your family’s heroes with FREE access to the best resource for tracing your ancestors on home and foreign soil.

• Leading family history website announces that its historical records and newspaper pages now number over two billion, making the site the best resource for tracing your ancestors overseas.
• To commemorate Remembrance Day, Findmypast is allowing FREE access to their billions of historical records this weekend. Findmypast has the world’s most comprehensive collection of military service records as well as records from every major UK engagement, enlistment records from WWII
• The Findmypast archive also includes the world’s largest online collection of Irish records as well as UK parish records from the 1500s onwards, UK military records dating back to the 1650s and fascinating newly digitised wills.
• The website now has over 9 million historical local newspaper pages from the UK and Ireland

Today, leading family history website announces a new milestone: the site now has over two billion records from around the world. Importantly, ahead of Remembrance Day, Findmypast now has the most comprehensive online collection of military service records. Their extensive military collection also includes over two million records of soldiers and sailors, and millions of records of those who enlisted to fight in the world wars. In their huge archive, they also have fascinating records that tell how the plastic surgery industry was born on the battlefields of Flanders due to the injuries sustained by troops in World War One.

To properly commemorate Remembrance Day, Findmypast will be making their global records available for FREE all weekend to make it easy for people to discover the heroes in their own families. They are making their collection of family history records from around the world (including the most comprehensive collection of Irish records available online) available for FREE from Friday 7th November to Monday 10th November.

Paul Nixon, military history expert at Findmypast, explained: “Our records reveal the bravery of all those who have fought for their country on home soil and on foreign, as well as the stories of many thousands of ordinary, unsung heroes. We want to help more people discover the history of their own families, understand the lives that they lived and what experiences they faced. Remembrance Day is one of the few days in the year when everyone reflects on the sacrifices of military personnel, and we want to help people make their past more personal by having the opportunity to discover their own family history for free.”

Article by Sarah Lawrence

posted in Community / News

7th November 2014