Thursday 30 June 2016

FindmyPast free access to military and census records

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Over 65 million FREE world military records

On the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, we want to give you the chance to remember the soldiers in your family. Search our vast collection of world military records for free, including British Army records from WW1, and find your military hero ancestry with Findmypast.

Britain lost 146,431 men to the 141 day Battle of the Somme, with 57,470 casualties on the first day alone. This week, you can explore all of our world military records, as well as over 65 million UK and Irish censuses, for free.

Our military collection includes:

- 65 million world military records, including 8 million exclusive to Findmypast

- 32 million World War 1 records, including 2 million exclusive to Findmypast

- 12.5 million British World War 1 records, the most comprehensive collection online

To access the collections visit

NB: The free access runs until 11:59pm (BST) on Monday 4th July. To access records during this period, you will need to be registered and signed in to the site.


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