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Ancestry announces acquisition of Forces War Records

Family history website Ancestry has acquired Forces War Records, which holds 26 million Commonwealth military records

Forces War Records

Leading family history website Ancestry has announced that it is acquiring UK military records website Forces War Records.

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Ancestry, which holds over 24 billion family history records from 80 countries, has purchased Clever Digit Media, which owns and operates Forces War Records and family history research service British Genealogy.

Since it was founded in 2010, Forces War Records has transcribed 26 million Commonwealth military service records from the First and Second World Wars and other conflicts, two million of which are exclusive to the site.

Ancestry did not say at this stage what the acquisition will mean for Forces War Records’ collections, but an Ancestry spokesperson said they expected it would be “business as usual” for the site.

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Rosemary Collins is the staff writer of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine