I have just been taking a look at http://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/ . This website is a niche site which confines itself to military records, this is no bad thing as what is on offer are quality records with plenty of background information so that you understand the why, where and when of the documents.
The time span covered by this site’s records are from Medieval records dating from 1350 through the Crimean, Boer and 1st & 2nd World Wars. The documents are cross matched with information about regiments, bases and ships.
The search form is a breeze to use, enter first name, surname and record type and press the “Search Now” button. It is not necessary to enter details in all of these slots, for example I simply entered the surname POTTINGER and the results came up with 104 results.
|POTTINGER 104 results|
|Napoleonic 1793 – 1815||4 records|
|Early 19th century||1 record|
|Victorian Conflicts 1857 – 1899||8 records|
|Boer War 1899 – 1902||5 records|
|WW1 1914 – 1920||51 records|
|WW2 1939 – 1945||21 records|
|Post WW2 1946 – present||1 record|
|Forces Reunited Living Veterans||13 records|
Quite an impressive result for a relatively unusual name.
A growing number of family historians are specialising in researching their military ancestors only and this site will be an essential subscription for them. Options are monthly or yearly subscriptions.
I’ll be writing in-depth posts about the individual record sets later and also be adding some lessons using the data on the MadAboutGenealogy sister site www.teachyourselffamilyhistory.com.