7 Facts You Didn’t Know about the D-Day Invasion at Normandy

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 5, 2015 in Military Records, Moments in Time

Tomorrow marks the anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 1944 —the day the Allied troops invaded the beaches at Normandy, France— was the largest seaborne invasion in history and the first time since 1688 that an invading army successfully crossed the English Channel. The D-Day landings led to the liberation of France from Nazi control and have… Read more

1945 – 2015. The 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on May 8, 2015 in Military Records, Stories, United Kingdom

Today is the 70th anniversary of VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day. On May 8th 1945 World War Two officially ended in Europe. On the 30th April 1945, Adolf Hitler took his own life and a week later German General Jodl and Grand Admiral Doenitz had signed an unconditional surrender on Monday May 7th at… Read more

How the sinking of The Lusitania & the battlefields of WWI took an immeasurable toll on one Irish family.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on May 7, 2015 in Guest Bloggers, Military Records, Research, Stories, United Kingdom

Authored by Richard Coplen and originally published in the Westmeath Examiner May 5th 2015. The Doyles: A Mullingar family fractured by the First World War The First World War was more destructive than any other war had ever been. It was the first genuinely global conflict, fought not just on the fields of France and Flanders,… Read more

Tracking the Service of a World War I Veteran for our UK Branch Out Winner

Posted by Brian Gallagher on January 24, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Contest, Guest Bloggers, Military Records, Research, Stories, United Kingdom

  By Neil Holden, AncestryProGenealogists Alan Small recently won our Branch Out Sweepstakes, and received 20 hours of research with AncestryProGenealogists. High on Alan’s list of interests were the experiences and movements of his grandfather, John James Collins, who served in the British military both before and during World War I. Our research provided detailed… Read more

WWI Honour Roll – Guest post by Archivist Karyn Stuckey from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Posted by Brian Gallagher on November 17, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Guest Bloggers, In The Community, Military Records, Research, United Kingdom

Authored by Karyn Stuckey, Archivist at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers   After the guns had fallen silent, thoughts turned to how to honour the dead. Faced with the dilemma of how to commemorate the dead, many organisations created Honour Rolls or memorials. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers created an ornate board, recording the names… Read more

Why do we wear the poppy?

Posted by Brian Gallagher on November 15, 2014 in In The Community, Military Records, Stories, United Kingdom

 The Ancestry team at the Tower of London Remembrance Day has passed and many of you observed a moment of silence to honour the memory of those that sacrificed so much so that we would know peace. Memorials and monuments were attended in vast numbers. The crowds that gathered to remember were bonded in collective appreciation… Read more

Honoring Those Who Have Served

Posted by Juliana Szucs on November 11, 2014 in Military Records

In the days leading up to Veterans Day today, we’ve run a series of articles on various conflicts in American history. In case you missed any of them, here’s the complete list of posts. Do You Have Revolutionary War Patriots in Your Tree?  Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor  Is That Your Civil War Ancestor… Read more

Remembering and Researching Vietnam-era Veterans

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 10, 2014 in Military Records, Research

This is a post by guest blogger Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CGSM. As researchers of Vietnam-era veterans, we are fortunate. We can often capture the first-person experiences and stories of the veteran. As researchers, we also face challenges. Many records for Vietnam-era veterans are closed to the general public. Here is some background and resources to… Read more

The Korean War, 1950—1953

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 8, 2014 in Military Records, Research

This is a post by guest blogger Debbie Mieszala, CGSM. Is it the Korean War? Or is it the Korean Conflict? Both names are seen in the United States. Some believe that conflict is appropriate because the U. S. never declared war. It has been called “The Forgotten War.” Ray Royce Deilke It was mid-October… Read more

World War II Veterans: Researching the Greatest Generation

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on November 8, 2014 in Military Records

Before you start exploring any of the World War II collections that I’m about to highlight, ask yourself if you know any living World War II veterans. If so, go interview them now. Don’t wait. Get their story if they’re willing to open up. Even if it’s just describing a photo of him or her… Read more