WW2 Records now online

Ancestry has just released the following records……………………

WWII PoW and Roll of Honour records

    With the 70th anniversary of the start of WWII on the 1st of September we should remember those who gave their lives in service but researching ancestors who served in WWII can be tricky as not many records are available for public view. Luckily the British Army Roll of Honour WWII has been decoded from its original format and is now available online so that you can search previously unavailable details for ancestors who were killed in action or who died of their wounds during the period of 1 September 1939 and 31 December 1946.

We also have available the British Army PoW Records WWII, that can give you clues about ancestors who were taken prisoner during the war. Find out details on when they were captured and where they were held in Germany, you may even find out a story about a great escape! There are 107,000 names in this collection and you can search on name, rank, service number and regiment.

Find out more about these Military collections and these new WWII Records

Mapping the ANZACS

The National Archives of Australia have made available the ANZAC WWI records online. There is no charge for this service and you can download and then print off the entire records of any serviceman in the dataset. I’m told that there are links back to the UK for soldiers who arrived in Australia from the UK prior to 1914.

Sounds like an excellent asset for those who have family who emigrated and also for those doing one name studies. National Archives Australia run a really good website and obviously take the need of genealogists seriously. Well done !!

 http://mappingouranzacs.naa.gov.au/

 

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