Forces War Records is a niche site that focuses purely on military genealogy aiming to provide you with the specific information that you are seeking. As a company, we are constantly evolving and adding lots of new records and features to our site.
New Website Feature
We are excited to announce that we recently launched a powerful new update to our records summary page, which could mean brand new insight for you and an industry first in genealogy website research.
Our update is designed to help you navigate through more than 22 million records with a series of filters to help you quickly locate the military records you’re looking for.
When you now ‘click’ to view a record, if details can be cross-matched to other collections and records within our unique database that we believe to be the same person, additional records with the highest probably matches will appear at the top of the page. These can then be ‘clicked’ on to view each individual record and you can then scroll through each of them using the arrows on the page, or close to revert back to the original record.
The matching records are located and generated by using surname, alongside service number if post-1921, or regiment and regimental number if prior to 1921.
Visitors are able to explore the new feature by visiting https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/ Come take a look for yourself.
Looking at your ancestors in the framework of such rich British military history makes genealogy much more than just dates and places – it’s about people, heroes, bravery, lives saved and lives lost. It’s about your history — it’s about you!
Search Techniques and Tips
Researching military records can be a daunting task so we’ve designed our helpful hints with the aim to assist you in your quest. When searching it is very useful if you already have:
• The full name of the individual. A full name as possible will make tracking your individual easier, and especially if you have a middle name. Although please bear in mind that some records will only hold the first initial that makes things a little harder on a first search.
• Rank and Regiment or Naval Ship or Squadron - having the service number can be particularly helpful as this is ‘a unique identifier’. If you can, find out when the person served - i.e pre First World War, First World War or after 1920 - some records will be much more complete depending on the era and even if the record is still regarded as ‘classified’.
• Start your search with broad perimeters, and then narrow it down for the best results.
Notice that we also have a list of ‘Advanced Search Filters’ on the left-hand side of the screen. As you enter search terms this list will shrink as it shows you what is available based upon your current search.
We also offer the services of an experienced researcher who could do a lot of the hard work for you — if you've hit a brick wall with your research, or haven't got the patience — this could be an option to consider. For other people the challenge and the journey is exactly what makes genealogy fun because you never really know where your family research is going to take you. Add the events of war and history to the mix and you can often weave out quite a compelling background. Looking at your ancestors in the framework of such rich British military history makes genealogy much more than just dates and places – it’s about people, heroes, bravery, lives saved and lives lost. It’s about your history — it’s about you!