Posted by on 10 November 2011 in General, Record Collections


World War I touched every family. If you’re not aware of any relatives who served in the War, that simply means you probably haven’t found them yet.

To commemorate Remembrance Weekend, we’re giving everyone the chance to discover their family’s role in the Great War. We’ve made our Service Records, Pension Records and Medal Index Cards completely FREE, until November 13th!

WWI Service Records, 1914–1920, provides a complete picture of your ancestors’ military career, revealing their ranks and regiments, where they fought, and many more personal details. It includes over 2 million soldiers who remained in service until the end of the War, or were killed.

WWI Pension Records, 1914-1920, actually contains more service records. Its name comes from the fact it was used by the Ministry of Pensions to work out what each solider was entitled to. Here you’ll find almost a million men who were discharged during the War, usually because of injury or illness.

WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920, is the most complete list of British World War I soldiers – as just about all of them were entitled to at least one medal. You’ll find several men with the same names, but you can use this collection alongside the service and pension records and check the regimental number to be sure you’ve found your relative.

Don’t miss your chance to discover this crucial chapter in your family’s story. Remember, these three key collections are FREE until November 13th.

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Jo Inglis 

Until 3 years ago I was not aware of a single relative who had died or served in WW1 or WW2. Thanks to ancestry (and other sources) I have now found over 70 who died and probably as many again who served. It makes remembrance so much more meaningful!

10 November 2011 at 2:09 pm


Another great free offer!! I remember the last time you provided free access, and I was amazed by the details contained within the world war I records. Not only did the records help me further my genealogy research, but provided some amazing details about my ancestors at the time!

I just mentioned this free offer in the genealogy forum I run, and I hope others also take you up on this free offer.

Thank you ancestry!!

All the best


10 November 2011 at 7:18 pm