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F.A.Q includes links to records of the American, British, Canadian, Commonwealth, Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, Prisoners of war, Conscientious Objectors, Merchant Seamen and other government agencies.

The tracing of your military ancestors can be very daunting. Here I am going to collect various resources – links to help in the process, from my own research:

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Paper Work ?

WORLD WAR I Listing, records of those casualties that are buried in our cemeteries or listed on the Walls of the Missing—a total of 33,717 records. There were 116,516 American casualties in World War I. World War I Listing.
WORLD WAR II Listing, records of those casualties that are buried in our cemeteries or listed on the Walls of the Missing—a total of 176,399 records. There were 405,399 American casualties in World War II. World War II Army and Air Force casualties from a specific unit or by state and cemetery. You can also search by what country the person entered the service from. World War II Listing.
WORLD WAR II ARMY - Enlistment Records – National Archives, NARA – AAD – Fielded Search – Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 – 1946. World War II Army - Enlistment Records - National Archives.
WORLD WAR II ARMY - Enlistment Records – National Archives, NARA – AAD – Fielded Search – Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 – 1946 (Reserve Corps Records) World War II Army - Enlistment Records - National Archives. (Reserve Corps Records)
AMERICAN CIVIL WAR 1861-1865, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS) is a database containing information about the men who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Other information on the site includes histories of Union and Confederate regiments, links to descriptions of significant battles, and selected lists of prisoner-of-war records and cemetery records, which will be amended over time. Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, National Park Service.
HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS of INTEREST to VETERANS – National Archives, The official repository for records of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard and other government agencies. Military and Veterans Records at the National Archives.
AUSTRALIAN WORLD WAR ONE - National Archives - Record Search. Australian World War One - National Archives.
This site contains information from the service records of some one million individuals who served during World War Two. Australian World War Two - National Archives
These nominal rolls list members of Australia's defence forces who served during World War Two, Korean War, Vietnam War and First Gulf War. Australian World War Two, Korean War, Vietnam War and First Gulf - DVA's Nominal Rolls
The Australian War Memorial is Australia's national memorial to the members of its armed forces and supporting organisations who have died or participated in wars involving the Commonwealth of Australia. Australian War Memorial
If you are looking for a family member, friend or relative who served, this will guide you to the relevant areas of our website that contain information. Australian War Memorial, Search for a person
Army personnel – Navy personnel – Air personnel – Marines -
Prisoners of War and Conscientious Objectors – Merchant Seamen. National Archives - U.K.
Search and download The National Archives’ collection of digitised records., National Archives, Army-Navy-Airforce. Documents Online, National Archives, Army-Navy-Airforce
Royal Air Force combat reports 1939-1945. National Archives - U.K.
Roll of Honour, Fleet Air Arm, Research, aircraft, ships, equipment, air stations, operations and personnel, Squadron Line Books and Record books, Air Publications and aircraft accident records, photographic collection, Fleet Air Arm Museum, Fleet Air Arm. Fleet Air Arm Roll of Honour
There are over 5 million cards, held in series WO 372. Most of the cards are for soldiers in the British Army. National Archives - U.K.
Library and Archives Canada holds an extensive collection of records of the Canadian men and women who have served their country in the military and in the early years of the North West Mounted Police. Military and Peacekeeping
Enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the First World War
(1914-1918).Over 600,000 men and women enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the First World War (1914-1918) as soldiers, nurses and chaplains. The CEF database is an index to those service files, which are held by Library and Archives Canada. Library and Archives Canada
Over 1,159,000 men and women served in the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War (1939-1945); 44,093 lost their lives. This research tool provides access to references to their service files in the Department of National Defence Fonds (RG 24). Library and Archives Canada

UK Genealogy

FreeReg UK Genealogy

FreeCen UK, 1841 - 1891

FreeBMD UK, 1837 - 1983

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