The Soldiers’ Charity Frontline Walk

Posted by Brian Gallagher on September 9, 2014 in Site, In The Community, Military Records, United Kingdom

The Frontline Walk Mark the 100th anniversary of World War One Cover 100kms through France and Belgium See the battlefields of the Western Front Here at Ancestry we take great pride in our work. It is our mission to help people discover, preserve, and share their family history. As the world’s largest online family… Read more

Preserve the Pensions: An Update from FGS 2014

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on September 4, 2014 in In The Community, Military Records

Imagine the paperwork that your ancestor had to submit in order to receive a War of 1812 pension. That paperwork is filled with all sorts of information – things like names, dates, relationships, residences, and military service. Now imagine all of that valuable paperwork deteriorating, without being digitized. That’s what has been happening with the… Read more

One Million World War I Heroes Forgotten by Descendants

Posted by on July 29, 2014 in Collections, Military Records, United Kingdom

As we commemorate the World War I Centenary “1914 – 2014,” remember your forgotten heroes.   Three in 10 descendants of World War I heroes are unaware of their military heritage Many lose opportunity to learn of family link to Great War when relatives pass away Ancestry makes all WWI Medal Index Cards records free-to-use to… Read more

Finding Revolutionary War Patriots

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on July 4, 2014 in Military Records, Research

John Trimble served his country while it was still fighting for its independence from England. His first enlistment was in February 1778 and was at Valley Forge. His job was “guarding the people from taking provision to the British in Philadelphia.” But when his two-month tour was over, his service was not. He enlisted again… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Why Can’t I Find My World War II Veterans Records?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on July 2, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Military Records, Research

A question we hear a lot is: “I’ve searched and searched, but I can’t find records of my grandfather’s service in WWII. Am I doing something wrong?” Same for WWI, Korean War and Vietnam War records. You probably aren’t doing anything wrong. There’s a good chance the records may still be private or they may… Read more

What War Did My Ancestor Serve In?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 23, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Military Records

You know you should look for military records for your ancestor, but what war did he serve in? Our friends over at Fold3 created this handy little infographic to use as a rule of thumb. There are exceptions to every rule, but this will get you started!   If you want to dig a little… Read more

Profile: Private Sarah “Lyons” Wakeman

Posted by Paul Rawlins on March 18, 2014 in Cool Finds, Military Records

“I am as independent as a hog on the ice. If it is God’s will for me to fall in the field of battle, it is my will to go and never return home.” That quote comes from a letter Private Lyons Wakeman of the 153rd New York Infantry wrote to family back home in… Read more

Journey Through Hallowed Ground and the Living Legacy Project

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on January 27, 2014 in Military Records, Research

It’s a dry fact to say that approximately 620,000 men lost their lives during the American Civil War.  To put that enormous number into perspective, that’s roughly equal to the number of people who currently live in Boston, Massachusetts. Memorializing each of those who were lost is an enormous task, and it’s one that Journey… Read more

Commemorate the Veterans in Your Tree on Fold3’s Honor Wall

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on November 11, 2013 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Military Records

If you want to find historical events from 1877 or a quick biography of George Washington or the history of the Ming Dynasty, you very well might end up on Wikipedia.   It’s free and collects a lot of information from a lot of people, many who know what they are talking about.  And because it’s based… Read more

The Fold3 Honor Wall

Posted by on November 7, 2013 in Military Records

  Just in time for Veterans Day, our Fold3 team has launched The Honor Wall, an online memorial for the many millions of men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces over the past 200+ years.   Family, friends and loved ones will be able to pay homage to their heroes by developing a special… Read more