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Today, May 8, marks the 75th anniversary of victory in Europe – a day where millions took to the streets to celebrate the unconditional surrender of the German military at the end of the Second World War. Today we pay tribute to the generation who lived through those times, 75 years on from the day.

Ancestry.co.uk are providing free access to all UK records, including key WWII records. This ends on Sunday 10 May 2020. Discover more about your ancestors.

Remembering the fallen a century since the first Armistice Day,

“They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

 They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
 
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam”

Marking a century since the first Armistice Day, Ancestry and Findmypast are opening up millions of military history records for free.

Ancestry are opening up their military records this weekend until Remembrance Day on 11th November, although it's unclear if you will be able to access their Fold3 site which contain many images of their military transcriptions .

From 12pm today (8 November) until 12pm on Remembrance Day on 11 November, all records on Findmypast will be completely free to search and explore. This includes more than 85 million military records covering the British, American, Canadian, Australian, Irish and New Zealand armed forces but excludes newspapers, electoral rolls and the Periodical Source Index,

If you need help you can get in touch with All Your Ancestors and we'll see what we can do.

Findmypast has just announced that they will be publishing the 1921 census in January 2022.

The census returns contain records of almost 38 million people and as well as listing basic details such as each person’s name, age, residence and relationship to the head of household, was the first to ask individuals for their employer’s name and the address of their workplace.

It was also the first to include the option for respondents to say if they were divorced, and to allow individual householders to submit separate confidential returns.