Posted by on 4 October 2011 in 15 minutes with 15 collections, Company News, General, Record Collections

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.

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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.

See all our free record collections this month

* 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.

3 Comments

irene jones 

Dear Annabel – ancestry has been such a big help to me since I became a so-called “silver surfer”! – I found out from the 1881 census that Louis De Boer born in 1837/38 was born in Hanover, Germany. Margaretta De Boer was my maternal grandmother. However in 1901 their name was changed to Webb which remained until grandmother Margaretta became Baldwin when she married Alfred Baldwin. How would I go about finding information on Louis before he came to London? I would appreciate any advices you might be able to give me. Stay Beautiful. Irenex

4 October 2011 at 3:24 pm
SIR THOMAS DWYER 

I WOULD REALLY BE VERY GRATEFUL FOR SOME EXPERT HELP TO GET THE RIGHT DETAILS OF MY TITLE ROYAL; ROYAL GWENT HOSPITAL
ROYAL COAT OF ARMS LUIS HONORUM

4 October 2011 at 5:23 pm
SIR THOMAS DWYER 

I WOULD REALLY BE VERY GRATEFUL FOR SOME EXPERT HELP TO GET THE RIGHT DETAILS
ROYAL COAT OF ARMS LUIS HONORUM

4 October 2011 at 5:23 pm