Findmypast: This Veterans Day, Find Your Family’s Heroes with FREE Access to the Best Resource for Tracing Your Ancestors on Home and Foreign Soil

  • Leading family history website announces that its historical records and newspaper pages now number over two billion, making the site the best resource for tracing your ancestors overseas.
  • To commemorate Veterans day, Findmypast is allowing FREE access to their billions of historical records this weekend. Findmypast has the world’s most comprehensive collection of military service records as well as records from every major US engagement from the Civil War to the Vietnam war, enlistment records from WWII and documents which reveal the birth of the plastic surgery industry during WWI
  • The Findmypast archive also includes the world’s largest online collection of Irish records as well as UK parish records from the 1500s onwards, UK military records dating back to the 1650s and fascinating newly digitised wills.
  • The website now has over 9 million historical local newspaper pages from the UK and Ireland, as well as the US Periodical Source Index (PERSI) and the recently added US local histories and genealogies.

LONDON--()--Today, leading family history website 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.”


About Findmypast

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.


Holly Sainsbury, +44 207 608 2500

Release Summary

To commemorate Veterans day, is allowing FREE access to its billions of historical records this weekend.


Holly Sainsbury, +44 207 608 2500