Ministry of Defence appeals for help testing online records ordering service

Family historians are invited to get involved in testing a new prototype ordering service for military records

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The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is seeking help from family historians to test a new online system for ordering military records.


It hopes that the online system will eventually replace the current paper-based system for all accessible records.

Currently family historians have to apply to the MoD for records which are not yet opened to public access at The National Archives, including records of military and Home Guard personnel in the Second World War.

The MoD first piloted the scheme last year at RootsTech London, but is unable to test it at other family history events because of the coronavirus lockdown.

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The MoD tested the records ordering system at RootsTech London last year (Credit: WDYTYA? Magazine)

The developers are therefore encouraging those interested in using the system to help them out by testing it online.

If you would like to participate in a 20 minute session to try out the new service and give your feedback, please email

Note that testing the system will not allow you to receive a copy of the records owing to coronavirus restrictions.


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