Many of us are proud to have ancestors who served in the Armed Forces, but that doesn’t always mean we know the details about where they were stationed, in which battles they fought, or which decorations they were awarded. If you agree that their memory should live on, researching more about who they were is critical.

FindMyPast’s military records cover all three service branches of the British Armed Forces, plus those in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland, documenting everything from service records to military pensions, medal rolls, casualty lists, regimental histories and more.

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If you get a taste for researching your family history, FindMyPast offers two ways to buy access to its records: through PayAsYouGo credits, or through a billed subscription plan.

If you want to pay as you go, note that you can search all records before you pay to view anything, so you can be sure you’ll pay only for what you need. Individual records can cost anything from 5 credits to 60 credits. 60 PAYG credits cost £8.95, or you can get 300 for £24.95. Both are valid for 90 days.

The most basic subscription costs £23.85 for three months, or £72 for a year, and includes unlimited family trees, the ability to keep your tree on file even without an active subscription, plus access to the British and Irish civil BMDs and censuses.

The Plus package, which adds access to the 1939 Register, British and Irish parish records, British wills and probate, British and Irish electoral registers and directories, education and employment records, migration and travel records, specialist Irish records and Military, Armed Forces and conflict records costs £35.85 for three months or £120 for a year.

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