Subscription genealogy site Ancestry.com announced that its top collections of old military records will be free to access in honor of Veterans Day. The free access period ends Nov. 11 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
The free records include all US wars and some global collections, though the focus is on World War I, which began 100 years ago this past July. Featured collections include:
- WWI draft registration cards
- WWI Mothers’ Pilgrimage Lists
- WWI, WWII and Korean War casualty lists
The “Start Free Trial” link at the top of the free military records landing page might be confusing. You don’t have to actually start a free trial, which requires entering payment information, to access the free military records.
Instead, either log into the free basic Ancestry.com account you already have, or scroll down on the landing page, run a search, click on a matching record you want to view, and create a free basic account when you’re prompted.
For help searching for your ancestors’ genealogy records on Ancestry.com, see our Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com book.