Friday 10 November 2017

Free access to Ancestry UK military records 10-13 Nov
Includes 84 record collections and 18 'web' indexes
Ancestry is opening up its 'UK' Military Records collection for a long weekend of free access.

Don't be put off by the UK in the name of the collection. Included are Irish, Canadian and Australian record sets. You can see the full list of 84 record collections and 18 'web' collections (the latter being indexes which link to third party databases) here, and there's a sample of some of the most useful ones below.

To take advantage of the free access you need a registered account. This is free and easy to set up with just your name and an email address. Ancestry then sends you a password, and off you go!

The free access period will expire on Monday 13 November at 11:59pm (UK & Irish time).

Some of the collections available free this weekend:

ANZAC Memorial, 1914-1918
British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920
British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
Canada, British Army and Canadian Militia Muster Rolls and Pay Lists, 1795-1850
Ireland, Royal Hospital Kilmainham Pensioner Discharge Documents, 1724-1924
Ireland, Royal Irish Constabulary Pensions, 1873-1925
British Army Muster Books and Pay Lists, 1812-1817
Casualties of the Boer War, 1899-1902
UK, Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1949
UK, Military Deserters, 1812-1927
Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Admissions and Discharges, 1715-1925
Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1848-1939
UK, Shipping and Seamen WWI and WWII Rolls of Honour, 1914-1945
UK, WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920
UK, WWI War Diaries (France, Belgium and Germany), 1914-1920
UK, WWI War Diaries (Gallipoli and Dardanelles), 1914-1916
UK, WWII Civil Defence Gallantry Awards, 1940-1949
Web: Ireland, Military Service Pension Index, 1916-1923
Web: Ireland, National Army Census, 1922 Free
Web: Ireland, Wills of Irish Soldiers Who Died in the British Army, 1897-1922 Free