Ancestry.com to Offer Free Access to Australian, New Zealand, and Commonwealth Soldiers to Commemorate the Anzac Day Centenary

Ancestry.com will open the site’s New Zealand and Australian military history collections, and UK collections with information on Commonwealth soldiers, until 2am Monday (27 April). The site has more than 12 million individual military records pertaining to Kiwis and Aussies, including who enlisted where and when, who served in what capacity and what happened to them. Many records also show addresses, occupations and next of kin.

The databases to be made freely accessible include:

New Zealand

  • New Zealand, Roll of Honour, 1840-1903
  • New Zealand Army Medal Rolls, 1860-1919
  • New Zealand Army WWI Nominal Rolls, 1914-1918
  • New Zealand Army WWI Casualty Lists, 1914-1919
  • New Zealand Army WWI Roll of Honour, 1914-1919
  • New Zealand Expeditionary Force Record of Personal Service, 1914-1918
  • Chronicles of the N.Z.E.F., 1916-1919
  • New Zealand Army WWI Reserve Rolls, 1916-1917
  • New Zealand WWI Military Defaulters, 1919-1921
  • New Zealand Army WWII Nominal Rolls, 1939-1948
  • New Zealand, World War II Appointments, Promotions, Transfers and Resignations, 1939 1945
  • New Zealand, World War II Ballot Lists, 1940-1945

Australia:

  • ANZAC Memorial, 1914-1918
  • Australia, WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
  • Australian Imperial Force Burials at Gallipoli, 1915
  • New South Wales, Australia, Cowra Military Camps Personnel Photo Index, 1905-1970

The databases are available at: http://www.ancestry.com.au/cs/au/world-war-1.

One Comment

Hi
To anyone interested in these records. You can go straight to the Australian National Archives web-site. If the have been published digitally you can download the complete military file for free. These files are usually very comprehensive. If they have been not published you can order them online and they can delivered by mail or email. The cost was $AU 17.00, it may increased since I last looked. As Dick said they contain a wealth of knowledge and some non-military information not available elsewhere. Two other sites that are extremely valuable is Trove of the Australian National Library; a very high quality digital newspaper site. Again free. The other is the Australian War Memorial. The AWM has very resources about military units and campaigns plus much more. Again free.
Len Undy

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