Friday 21 April 2017

Ancestry marks Anzac Day with five days' free access to its Australian and New Zealand military collections
To commemorate Anzac Day 2017 (25 April), has opened up its historical Australian and New Zealand military records collection for free access over the long weekend.

You can check out the full list of record sets included here.

If you don't already have a registered account with Ancestry, you'll need to set one up. This is easy enough to do, and you have only to provide your name, email address and a password – no financial details are requested. You can go straight to the Create a Free Account form here.

The free access weekend is now live and will continue until 11:59pm on Tuesday 25 April. 

“Anzac” stands for 'Australian and New Zealand Army Corps'. Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the day in 1915 during World War One when Australian and New Zealand troops went ashore at Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli peninsula. This was the Anzacs first major military action as part of the Great War, and they faced fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders.