The essential guide to Findmypast's global military records
3-4 minute read
By Niall Cullen
Findmypast has all the historical resources you need to trace your military ancestors and explore their remarkable life stories.
Many of us have family members who served in the armed forces. You may be aware of their military service through family stories from the two World Wars, or memorabilia and photos. Perhaps you want to reveal more about their regiment, rank or role, or where they were active. Maybe you're looking for other ancestors with a military past. Whatever the reason behind your quest for family heroes, with millions of online military records, Findmypast is, without doubt, one of the best places you can come to find them.
Findmypast's military records
Our armed forces & conflict records are divided into several distinct sub-categories:
Regimental & service records
These records are usually very detailed and can reveal information on your ancestor that you won't find elsewhere.
First World War
As most families have a link to the Great War, this record collection is undoubtedly one of our most popular categories. There are over 80 separate record sets from all over the world in this collection. Highlights include the poignant All Australia Memorial, America's World War 1 Draft Registration Cards, Ireland's National Roll Of Honour 1914-1921 and the fascinating WW1 Ships Lost At Sea, 1914-1919.
Second World War
Although many Second World War records are still inaccessible due to privacy laws, there are some resources available on Findmypast that can help fill the gaps in your family's World War 2 story.
Other wars & conflicts
Medal rolls and honours
If your military relative was awarded for their bravery, you could find them amongst Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards or The London Gazette, Supplements August 1914 - January 1920.
Be sure to rummage at home for old medals and family heirlooms. They often give clues on where to look next for your military ancestors.
Civil war & rebellion
This category includes fascinating records from Ireland's tumultuous history of rebellions including Easter Rising & Ireland Under Martial Law 1916-1921 and 1798 Claimants and Surrenders.
Explore Britain, Enemy Aliens and Internees, First and Second World Wars to find out if your ancestors were suspected of being spies or interned by the British Government during either World War.
How to search military records
You can access Findmypast's military records by logging in to the site, selecting 'Search' on the navigation menu and then 'Armed forces and conflict'.
From there, you'll be taken to the dedicated armed forces and conflict category search page where you can enter information about your relative and search our vast military resources for their records.
Our search page filters allow you to focus your search on a specific country or on any of the above sub-categories.
Where will your military discoveries take you? Whether your ancestor died fighting for their country or lived to tell the tale, their sacrifices and bravery deserve to be remembered forever.
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