Find my past
The records originally started life as the Heavy Section Machine Gun Corps before becoming the Royal Tank Corps in 1923. Early registers provide extraordinary detail, including prior service, trade, next of kin, children’s names, and discharge information.
At find my past you will find an extensive collection of military records to help you discover ancestors who served in WWI, WWII, and other conflicts, as well as army births, marriages, and deaths. You can also search a range of historical lists and roll calls dating from 1656 to 1994, including records for the Battle of Waterloo, Ships Lost at Sea, and the 1861 Worldwide Army Index.
• Army soldiers’ documents (before 1882)
• World War I service files
• Officers’ records of service
• Army Lists 1740 to the present
• Regimental histories
• Continuous service engagement books
In addition to online access to military records, familysearch.org offers tools and resources to preserve and share family memories about ancestors that served in the military. Through photos, stories, and documents, users can create memorial pages to share with close and distant relatives to preserve in the FamilySearch archive.
Forces War Records
• British Jewry Book of Honour 1922
• Imperial prisoners of war held in Italy 1943
• Home Guard Officer Lists 1939-1945
• Home Guard Auxiliary Units 1939-1945
• List of Etonians who served in the War 1914-1919 and 1939-1945
• UK British & Commonwealth POWs Japanese camps 1939-1945
• Bomber/Fighter Command Losses 1939-1945
• London County Council War Service 1914-18
• Cambridge University war list 1914-1918
• Bomber Command Ruhr Offensive March–July 1943
• The Crimean War–Naval and Marines Medal Roll
• The India Medal (1895) Roll
• The Army of India Medal Roll 1799-1826
• The Kaffir Wars Medal Roll
• The South Africa Medal (1877) Roll
• The India General Service Medal (1854) Roll
• Serving personnel on the 1861 census
• 1870s Military Discharges
• Royal Artillery 1877-1881
• 2nd Afghan War 1878-80 Casualty Roll
The Society of Genealogists
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.
To see this feature as it appeared in issue 41 of Military History Monthly, click here.