Are you making the most of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections countdown? Remember, there are now four free collections for you to search! Today, we’ve made our Bavaria, Germany, WWI Personnel Rosters, 1914-1918, completely free for everyone to use. They’ll stay that way until October 15th.
Even if you have no German roots, these records provide a rare opportunity to view World War I from the ‘other side’. They shed light on the military careers of soldiers serving in Bavarian Army units, giving you their names, ranks, birthplaces, occupations and countless other details, along with blow-by-blow accounts of their movements during the War.
As you’d expect, these original documents are written in German. Still, it’s possible to understand them even if you can’t read the language. Read down the columns, or through the next few pages, and look out for obvious first names like Boris or Hans, surnames such as Schmidt and Jansen, places like München or Dresden and clear dates. Note which columns these appear in, and you can go back to your original entry with a better understanding of what you’re looking at.
Come back tomorrow for free access to our 1920 US Federal Census.
* Each collection will become available to search for free from 7am BST on the relevant day. All collections will be available to search until 12 midnight BST on 15 October 2011. To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address.