Search Over 70 Million Military Records

Search Over 70 Million Military Records

Find your hero ancestors and gain valuable insight into their war-time contributions

Search for your ancestors' stories in over 70 million world military records

Britain lost 146,431 men to the Battle of the Somme, with 57,470 casualties on the first day alone. Explore all of our world military records today, including: 

- 70 million world military records, including 8 million exclusive to Findmypast

- 32 million World War 1 records, including 2 million exclusive to Findmypast

- 12.5 million British World War 1 records, the most comprehensive collection online 

 

How to Trace Your World War 1 Ancestors

How to Trace Your World War 1 Ancestors

A quick guide to finding your family's military history on Findmypast.

Top Tips on Using Our World War 1 Record Sets

Top Tips on Using Our World War 1 Record Sets

Learn more about the most comprehensive online collection of British Army records from World War 1.

Understanding Military Records

Understanding Military Records

Military historian, Paul Nixon, presents an expert guide to understanding army regiments.

"How they rushed into a sea of fire"

"How they rushed into a sea of fire"

Remembering the "Brave Liverpools" and Merseyside's VC winners of the King's Regiment.

Slaughter on the Somme: Finding & Interpreting World War 1 Records on Findmypast

Military expert Paul Nixon explains how to trace your military ancestors, focusing on the Somme campaign in 1916 and the information that survives today. 

Get general information about surviving records, before taking an in-depth look at sample service and pension records; picking out key points from each. He also looks at how the casualties started to filter back to the UK and how to search the British newspaper collection.

 

Find Your International Military Heroes

Find Your International Military Heroes

Findmypast has over 70 million international military records, as well as an extensive collection of historic newspapers from across the world, so you can trace your Somme hero wherever they came from.

In Our Records: A Tragic Find at the Somme

In Our Records: A Tragic Find at the Somme

Discover the story of the World War 1 soldiers who left their own graffiti remembrance before facing the horrors of the Somme

July 1st: The First Day of the Somme

July 1st: The First Day of the Somme

Meet the nine VC heroes on the first day of the Somme in our Victoria Cross Recipients 1854-2006 collection

Search World War 1 Records

Search World War 1 Records

Discover the most comprehensive online collection of British Army records from World War 1.

Search Military Service Records

Search Military Service Records

Follow the journey of your military ancestors, from conscription to the front line.

Search Medal Rolls & Honours

Search Medal Rolls & Honours

See if your ancestor won a medal for their bravery.