Free access to Ancestry's UK Military Records, 10-13 November
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Free access to Ancestry's UK Military Records, 10-13 November

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As part of Remembrance Day, Ancestry's UK military records are free to access. Access, starting on Friday.

Email I received goes as follows:

"Which of your family members served in WWI? To what regiments were they attached? Were they following in the footsteps of other military ancestors?

Answer these questions and any others you have about the soldiers in your family with four days of free access to all our UK military records starting this Friday.

Included in your free access is our latest addition, the University of London Student Records. This collection reveals military details on thousands of students who were sent to fight in World War I, including a list of those who died.

Find your relatives' regiments in Service and Pension records, and uncover more about their activities in our WWI War Diaries and our new Ancestry records. You can read personal accounts of exactly what they were doing, day‑by‑day.

Access to the records in the featured collections will start on 10 November and be free until 13 November, 2017 at 23:59 BST. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an Ancestry.co.uk paid membership".

Full list of records you can search here.

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I wonder if it will work for National service / 40’s and 50’s or only ww1? I found out about cousins I knew nothing about in America through ancestry. I know my grandad did serve but I don’t know any details of it

appreciated OP!

anyone give me an idiots guide on how to work this please ?
Tried this last time they had a free weekend, and I got nowhere...

According to T&Cs its from the 11th not 10th:

*Terms and conditions apply.The collections will be available to search for free from 12:01 a.m. GMT on 11 November 2016 until 11:59 p.m. GMT on 13 November 2016. To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address.


In other words you have all day 11th, 12th and 13th.

Been waiting for this, thank you!

@HotDealKev - That says 2016 not 2017 so it seems Ancestry need to update their T&C

You need to create a tree first & add a few people, its easy if you start with yourself first & then add your siblings, cousins & parents & grandparents. So basically any family members who are alive. Then the fun begins.

Should be lots of help on the web site. Its always free to add details, the cost comes when you use ancestry data.

Enjoy
RoosterNo11 h, 13 m ago

anyone give me an idiots guide on how to work this please ?Tried this …anyone give me an idiots guide on how to work this please ?Tried this last time they had a free weekend, and I got nowhere...

Original Poster

ITCrowded1 h, 20 m ago

@HotDealKev - That says 2016 not 2017 so it seems Ancestry need to update …@HotDealKev - That says 2016 not 2017 so it seems Ancestry need to update their T&C


The email I've quoted for this offer in my original post definitely has the correct dates on its T&Cs for this offer. Not sure where those 2016 references came from?

Good luck, everyone - hope you all find something interesting. I found I have relatives who emigrated to Australia last time they did this, so I'm looking forward to what I discover this time around

RoosterNo13 h, 17 m ago

anyone give me an idiots guide on how to work this please ?Tried this …anyone give me an idiots guide on how to work this please ?Tried this last time they had a free weekend, and I got nowhere...


This weekend will only allow you additional free access to military records together with continued free access to the 1881 Census and Births, Deaths, Marriages from 1837 to 1915

Once you've used up your free trial (14 days) it'll be very difficult for a non subscribed member to continue building/researching their tree although it is possible. Occasionally Ancestry offer full UK access over certain weekends.

Try this video on how to start your tree

I've not watched it all just the first minute or so but she's doing everything OK


I haven't paid for "membership" for many months but still continually update a few things (and don't get "addicted" like me and start researching marriages of marriages). Keep it simple direct ancestors and their immediate spouse otherwise you'll end up with over 55K connected members like
"great-uncle of husband of 1st cousin 1x removed of wife of child of sibling of wife of 1st cousin of husband of stepchild of mother-in-law of sibling of wife of sibling of husband of sibling of wife of sibling of husband of sibling of husband of child of sibling of wife of sibling of mother-in-law of sibling of husband of child of sibling of wife of sibling of husband of sibling of mother-in-law of sibling of husband of sibling of wife of sibling of husband of sibling of wife of sibling of husband of sister-in-law of 4th cousin 3x removed"


I use Ancestry together with

FreeBMD ( freebmd.org.uk/cgi….pl )

FamilySearch ( familysearch.org/hr/…rch )


Please remember that these are not complete records (or 100% accurate (including Ancestry) as they rely on human input both from registering the BMD, to creating the records and to translating the records) spelling and transcribing errors are frequent.


If you need more help please feel free to ask.

Thank you for posting

ITCrowded22 h, 3 m ago

@HotDealKev - That says 2016 not 2017 so it seems Ancestry need to update …@HotDealKev - That says 2016 not 2017 so it seems Ancestry need to update their T&C


Well spotted!

GlasgowGrey20 h, 56 m ago

The email I've quoted for this offer in my original post definitely has …The email I've quoted for this offer in my original post definitely has the correct dates on its T&Cs for this offer. Not sure where those 2016 references came from?Good luck, everyone - hope you all find something interesting. I found I have relatives who emigrated to Australia last time they did this, so I'm looking forward to what I discover this time around


The T&Cs were at the link when you said :

Full list of records you can search here.

Honest!

Now they've been amended to what was in your email - all day 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th.

Original Poster

HotDealKev5 h, 10 m ago

The T&Cs were at the link when you said :Full list of records you can …The T&Cs were at the link when you said :Full list of records you can search here.Honest!Now they've been amended to what was in your email - all day 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th.


Maybe they were watching your post and nipped in quickly to fix it

Hi there thanks for the post. I have been doing my family tree on Ancestry for several years, intermittently subscribing but now mainly using the free weekends. Also use FreeBMD and Family Search. Find My Past when they do free weekends, You can usually get free access at libraries but more of a drag to do it that way. Probably 3-4 free weekends between Ancestry and Find my Past a year.
I began with the 2 week Ancestry free trial (you do need to give credit card details but you can cancel before they start charging), use that time to start your tree and then either subscribe or wait for free weekends. Also you can download records which may be useful reference when the free trial ends.

If anyones interested there is free access also until end of 12th November on Find my Past also

Any fake credit card details I can enter?
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