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FindmypastFindmypast is one of the world’s leading genealogy websites, boasting over 2 billion individual records as well as millions of newspaper pages dating as far back as 1710.

In addition, we are proud to host the most extensive portfolio of British military records online. With millions of records from wars and military actions dating back centuries, including the Crimean War, WWI, Napoleonic War, and the Korean War, our record collections are a vital resource for those with an interest not just in their own family history, but in military history as a whole.

On our site you will and find census, birth, marriage, and death records, as well as the UK’s largest collection of Parish Records, dating back to the 1500s. Visit today to start bringing your past to life for just £1 when you sign up with the code MILITARY. Offer expires 28 February 2015.


SoGThe Society of Genealogists (SoG) is the UK’s largest family history society and runs the National Family History Centre. Its library in Clerkenwell contains everything a genealogist would expect to help them with their research, with free access to major commercial online genealogy sites and published reference materials.

The SoG holds an unrivalled collection of family histories and unique manuscript research notes and pedigrees. The reference collections relating to military history and soldier ancestors are excellent, with extensive runs of army lists, regimental histories, medal rolls, and biographies, as well as numerous family history and biographical research notes on military men.

The Society’s extensive education programme includes several talks and visits for anyone tracing their military ancestors.

Online, as part of the SoG’s website for members, is a database of information relating primarily to commissioned officers in the British Army and the pre-1947 Indian Army, which is particularly useful for locating articles on soldiers that have appeared in some of the journals we hold.


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Our short courses will take you beyond the internet and open the world of UK archives to you. You will discover how to use archives and records to find your missing ancestors, learn about the world they lived in, and acquire the skills to read and use the records that will help you.

If you are interested in a specific subject, single-course study is available giving you the chance to focus on areas such as military records and history, house history, and heraldry.

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Our online courses are written and taught by expert archivists, genealogists, and local historians. Our Virtual Learning Environment creates an interactive, supported experience, and the exchange of ideas between student and tutor is central to our approach to online learning.

To see this article as it appeared in issue 53 of Military History Monthly, click here.

One Comment

  1. Emma Pippos
    January 24, 2015 @ 5:56 am

    Hello Dr Faulkner,
    I’m a recent reader of your wonderful magazine and a history teacher at my school. I love all the different articles you write about, but I was most impressed with Kaveh Farrrokh’s article, entitled, “Soldiers of the Sassanian Empire.” I was especially impressed with the fact that he, among very few of your contributors, know that the correct way to write a date is to put the letters BC AFTER the date, e.g. 1200 BC, and more importantly, the letters AD, are meant to be placed IN FRONT of the numerals. e.g. AD 359, as your very eminent writer did, not the other way round (359 AD) as most of your other writers seem to do.
    As a history teacher I am always impressing upon my students the importance of these small details and when I get them to read an article from your magazine these points do come up. I do hope your editors will correct these mistakes in your future articles, and my compliments to MR. Farrokh.
    Mrs Emma Pippos


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