Findmypast a British and Irish history website will be making their entire collection of world military records free for three days in honor of the 100-year anniversary of end of World War l. The free access period is November 9 (12 noon GMT) -12 (12 noon GMT). To convert GMT to your local time use  Go to:  It is required to register—name, email and password. No credit card information is required. A century on from the end of the war, family historians can explore all of Findmypast’s records and newspapers free of charge. Over 9 billion records covering the UK, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as well as Findmypast’s vast archive of British, Irish and World Newspapers, will be completely free to search and explore.

When you do your search, a window will open with a list of the records found. The record may have an image, and some only have transcripts. As this is before the free access time begins I was not able to do a trial example before posting this announcement.

If you try to access the records either before the start time or after the 12 noon GMT on November 12 GMT you will be invited to subscribe. Findmypast is a subscription (pay) site other than when they are offering this free access.

Remember to look at Findmypast’s extensive collection of newspapers. You can search by place, county, newspaper and date range. By clicking on “show filters” after the options you can see the various newspapers, places, etc. Newspapers are from Britain, Ireland, US and other countries.


On Friday November 9 Findmypast will also be hosting a free Remembrance Weekend Live Broadcast where viewers can receive tips for using Findmypast’s collection of records and historical newspapers. When you click on the link it will give you the time.

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