The following announcement was written by Findmypast:
Find your family heroes with free access to millions of Findmypast records this Veterans Day
· Delve into more free records than ever before on Findmypast November 10-14*
· The easiest way to discover remarkable stories of family heroes
· Explore your ancestors’ military service and beyond with records you won’t find anywhere else online
· Preserve your family’s wartime stories for the next generations
Family history website, Findmypast, is making millions of its family history records free to access* this weekend (10-14 November), so you can uncover and honor their stories and sacrifices.
Start your journey of discovery by delving into the largest collection of British Army records anywhere online, including regimental records and the British in India collection, which runs right up to 1947. With exclusive online access to the 1921 Census, Findmypast is the only place to discover British Army ancestors stationed worldwide after the First World War.
Findmypast’s family history records can paint a vivid picture of what your ancestor was doing during wartime. They may have been a prisoner of war, helped on the home front, or worked as a Red Cross volunteer. All this and more can be discovered.
You can continue your wartime ancestor’s story with the largest collection of British and Irish newspapers online, digitised in partnership with the British Library. Among the pages, you may find details of bravery or moving tributes to the fallen: these rich details can help you feel closer to your ancestors. Next, uncover those all-important life events in the most comprehensive collection of British parish records online, and be sure to check Findmypast’s vibrant Photo Collection for a glimpse into life during wartime.
Preserve your findings with Findmypast’s online family tree builder, and allow their clever hints to get your family history going further, faster and with more accuracy.
It’s also a perfect time to explore your own family archive for letters, diaries or photographs. Keep your ancestors’ memories alive by sharing their stories with your loved ones, and share your findings online using the hashtag #FindMyFamilyHero.
And if you’ve already unearthed your ancestor’s wartime story, you can share it with Findmypast to be in with a chance of winning a subscription and a research consultation with one of their experts: submit your story here.
Paul Nixon, Licensing Manager at Findmypast said: “Remembrance is a poignant time for many of us. We pause and reflect on the sacrifices made during wartime. With free access to Findmypast’s records this weekend, more people than ever can discover their own family’s wartime stories and preserve them for future generations.”
*Records on Findmypast (apart from the 1921 Census of England and Wales) will be free to access for all signed-in users from 10am GMT Thursday November 10, until 10am GMT Monday November 14.