16 October 2016

Ancestry adds UK military records

Five new UK military databases came online at Ancestry on Friday.

UK, Royal Air Force Muster Roll, 191894,814
UK, Naval and Military Courts Martial Registers, 1806-1930838,431
UK, Military Deserters, 1812-1927302,802
UK, British Army Lists, 1882-19622,421,506
UK, British Jewry Roll of Honour, 1914-191857,202

It would have been more accurate to have termed these partial transcriptions or index records. They all indicate, but do not actually provide a functioning link to the complete record at another Ancestry commercial database, Fold3.
The RAF Muster Roll and Jewry Roll of Honour are both available at Findmypast, without any additional charge to see the original records, as are some of the Deserters records. Some of the British Army Lists are also on Findmypast and thegenealogist, and for 1754-1879 in WO 65 as free digital microfilm from TNA. Search at http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
Ancestry also supposedly added/updated a database UK, British Army Recipients of the Military Medal, 1914-1920, but I could find no way to search or browse it!

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