Forces-War-Records

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<script type=text/javascript src=http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show ads.js></script></div></p>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.

http://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/

 

Japanese P.O.W. Records

Japanese P.O.W. Recordshttp://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/ have just re-launched their website after a re-vamp. To celebrate the new look they have added 14,000 new Japanese POW records to their database. These records are free to search and view.

 

Dominic Hayhoe from Forces War Records said “In addition to our new site design, we have been extensively adding new records to Forces War Records that our members have been asking for. One area not very well covered by any sites is the Japanese Prisoner of War records. In adding these, we know we will be helping quite a few people looking for information on their ancestors. In addition to this we have created a very extensive tutorial to help with finding more information.”

He goes on to say “Of course, in addition to these new records, as ever, all our records are not simply service records in isolation. All our records are uniquely cross matched with other information related to them such as what units the person served in or what battles they fought etc. giving a much more in-depth picture of what life was really like for them.”

http://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/