Thursday 21 May 2020 and Fold3 open up for Memorial Day

Marking Memorial Day and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, and sister site Fold 3 are opening up three areas of databases for free access from today. site's main US military collection comprises more than 250 million records providing a range of details about military ancestors and the sacrifices they made. Here you can find details of their service, the names of those who perished, were listed as Missing In Action or were POWs, or returned as veterans. The collection will be free until Monday 25 May.

More than 550 million records from Fold 3, covering military conflicts dating back to the Revolutionary War, will also be available to search and view without charge until 11:59pm ET on Monday 25 May.

And thirdly, nearly 500 million records and images from the National Archives and Records Administration (including all 36 million of the USA's World War II Young Man’s Draft Cards) will be searchable on Ancestry, free, until Monday 1 June.

You'll need a registered account to access the free records. If you don't already have one, it's quick and easy to set up with just your name and email address. Follow the prompts when you start searching.

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