Posted by Ancestry Team on November 2, 2018 in Campaigns, Collections

For the past 30 years, our focus has been digitizing and making historical content accessible for everyone – today, we offer more than 10 billion historical documents, including an unmatched collection of more than 250 million military records. As America celebrates Veterans Day this year, and its service members who have fought (and still fight) to uphold American values, we are encouraging Americans to discover more about the role their families may have played in our nation’s military history by providing free access to our military records from November 2 to 12.

Through our military records, you can explore documents such as draft cards, service records and prisoner and casualty lists to find and honor those who served and potentially shed new meaning on how you think about Veterans Day this year. In fact, more than 60% of our U.S. subscribers who have a family tree have found at least one military record for an ancestor!

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  1. Dave Richardson

    I’ve been requesting Maryland state birth and death records for over ten years. PLEASE consider this request.

    • Debbie

      They do have “Maryland, Births and Christenings Index, 1662-1911” Otherwise you can contact the Maryland State Archives or go to for records. Family search has “Maryland Deaths and Burials, 1877-1992”

  2. Neysa Picklum

    Military records do not record the fate of secret prisoners of the Japanese, information available from the trials that were held in Japan under Gen. MacArthur in 1948 and held secret for many years. My brother’s fate is recorded there but not on any website that I can find.

  3. Thomas Jefferson Tyson

    I have the only listing I know for a sailor who died on Dec.7th,1941.I do not remember his name.I love if there was more.His surname is Tyson he was on the Arizona.fireman 3rd class.

  4. Cathy Ann

    My Dad and his 4 brothers all served our Country in the Navy, Army, and Air Force. I pray they all are looking down on our deserving servicemen and servicewomen with a smile on their faces and a helping hand fir their use. God Bless them all!

  5. Dale Holley

    Restore, access to the original veteran’s page for editing purposes, and renew efforts to have this back and available to all ancestry customers/trees, as a veteran I hold that more important to my family as do other’s when you took it down , we can no longer edit or change information

  6. John Mallette

    I wish I had known about the Veterans Day site to honor our family heroes. Since tracing my ancestry for the past fifteen years I have found many of my relatives fought in all the military conflicts that America has been involved in. Especially my Grandfather’s, Uncles and parent’s on both sides of my family. They are all military heroes to me that I hold dear to my heart!

  7. Maria

    I want to know my dad side but I don’t know anything about him he was in military at Vietnam war how I can serve him

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