Ancestry Free Access to Military records for Veterans Day November 8 through November 17

Jan Meisels Allen


I have been given advance notice that starting on Friday, November 8  7:00 PM EST through November 17 at 11:59PM EST Ancestry will be offering free access to their over 260 million US military records.  Do NOT try to access the free collections before the time and date given as you will be invited to subscribe.


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You are required to register with  name, email address and password. and no credit card information is required.


When the featured collection is available go to:


The list of collections is available to see at:


To help honor our World War ll veterans go to:  and help record the story of World War ll.  You can send Ancestry a video documenting the experiences of the war and preserve their history. With the massive 1973 fire in National Personnel Records Center this may be one of the only places future generations may learn of your family’s participation in World War ll. To read more about the 1973 fire see the National Archives blurb at:


After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collection using a paid Ancestry membership. If you try to access any records not included in the free offer you will be invited to subscribe.


At this time I do not know if the Ancestry websites in other countries will also be offering free access to their military records. If I learn of such offers they will be posted to this forum.


I have no affiliation with Ancestry and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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