Army Records online is offering free access to their army records between 10 November and 13 November. You will need to register with Ancestry to get access.

The records concerned are

WW1 Army Service Records

WW1 Army Pension Records

WW1 Army Medal Records

These records are a goldmine for the family historian as they give so much detail. Go take a look if you have never used these documents.


Militia Attestation Papers

clip_image002[5]Find My Past has the Militia Attestation Papers that are housed at National Archives, Kew under record series WO96. The records available online date 1806 – 1915 and are a great source for family historians whose ancestors feature in them.

The militia who were part time soldiers were a county based force whose main job was the defence of England whilst the regular army were overseas fighting. A pre-curser of Dad’s Army!

The records were kept up to date until the solider was discharged providing full details of time in service. And, since the militia recruits were part-time, there are details of the jobs the men undertook for the rest of the time.

Lots of information on these records such as date & place of birth, occupation (when they weren’t off playing soldiers!), physical descriptions and even in a few of the later records photographs.

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Free access to army records

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Free access to Anzac (Australian & New Zealand) army records. These records are worth searching as many of us will have ancestors who emigrated hoping for a better life than the UK offered them.


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Napoleonic Wars

clip_image002This is a jolly nice site for those of you with ancestors who were involved in the Napoleonic Wars. Barbara Chambers, sister of Jill who is an expert on the Swing Riots, has been researching her family connection with soldiers who fought in these wars. This website is the fruit of her 18 years of experience in this area of research. Beautifully presented and easy to read. Go take a look.


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