LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, leading family history website Findmypast.com announces a new milestone: the site now has over two billion records from around the world. Importantly, ahead of Veterans Day, Findmypast now has the most comprehensive online collection of military service records. Their extensive military collection also includes over two million records of Civil War soldiers and sailors, and millions of records of those who enlisted to fight in the Second World War. In their huge archive, they also have fascinating records that tell how the plastic surgery industry was born on the battlefields of Flanders due to the injuries sustained by troops in World War One.
To properly commemorate Veterans Day, Findmypast will be making their global records available for FREE this weekend to make it easy for people to discover the heroes in their own families. They are making their collection of family history records from around the world (including the most comprehensive collection of Irish records available online) available for FREE from Friday 7th November to Monday 10th November.
Paul Nixon, military history expert at Findmypast, explained: “Our records reveal the bravery of all those who have fought for their country on home soil and on foreign, as well as the stories of many thousands of ordinary, unsung heroes. We want to help more people discover the history of their own families, understand the lives that they lived and what experiences they faced. Veterans’ Day is one of the few days in the year when everyone reflects on the sacrifices of military personnel, and we want to help people make their past more personal by having the opportunity to discover their own family history for free.”
Findmypast has been a leading family history website for more than 10 years. It’s a searchable online archive of billions family history records, from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For our members around the world, Findmypast is a crucial resource for building family trees and doing detailed historical research.
In April 2003 the company was the first to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, Findmypast has digitised family history records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. In partnership with the British Library, Findmypast is part of a project to safeguard the future of the world’s greatest newspaper archive – allowing digital access to more than 40 million newspaper pages. Recently, The National Archives awarded the company the exclusive rights to put the 1939 Register for England and Wales online.