Commemorate This Memorial Day by Finding Your Family’s Military Heroes Using Ancestry Free Access
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2021 marks the 50th anniversary of Memorial Day becoming a federal holiday, and Ancestry® invites you to search for free from May 28-31 to find military heroes in your family tree and those who lived through these remarkable chapters in history. 

Starting today, we are kicking off a nationwide virtual tribute, which will run through Memorial Day weekend. Join in on the tribute by finding and sharing stories, photos and records of military heroes in your family using #ISaluteFor and tagging Ancestry on Instagram (@Ancestry) and Facebook (@AncestryUS).

“Helping everyone easily discover, craft and connect to their family legacy is core to what we do at Ancestry,” said Deb Liu, President and CEO at Ancestry. “We can become more resilient and bolster hope for the future by learning more about the people who came before us. This Memorial Day, we hope every American will take a moment to connect to the heroes in their personal family trees, honor their sacrifices and make their ancestors’ stories a lasting part of their family legacies.”

Tune in to the “50 Story Salute”
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Memorial Day as a federal holiday, Ancestry also created a “50 Story Salute” -- a joint tribute in partnership with Wounded Warrior Project, The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation, Combined Arms and Jewish War Veterans. The tribute, going live on Monday, May 31, will honor those who did not make it home with a curated montage of military heroes through time, highlighting powerful stories of strength and hope. Tune in to the Ancestry Instagram, Facebook or YouTube to watch.

Free Access for Memorial Day Weekend

To help everyone find stories to share, from May 28-31 Ancestry is opening free access to: 

  • Search more than 550 million military records on Fold3®, covering military conflicts as early as the Revolutionary War.
  • Personalized stories on Ancestry.com using our StoryScout™ tool which quickly sifts through millions of records and can curate stories about your ancestors to help you make meaningful discoveries with no research needed. 

Explore Free Military Records on Fold3.com

Military records can provide incredible details about the heroes in your family and the sacrifices they made. Find the names of those who perished in the fight, who were listed as missing in action or were prisoners of war, the veterans who returned, and the sacrifices of their families in the fight to preserve freedom. With free access to search over 550 million military records on Fold3.com, you can uncover:

  • Age at enlistment
  • Date and place they enlisted
  • Place of birth
  • Physical description
  • Occupation
  • Term of enlistment
  • Date and location they joined their unit
  • Illness and injury
  • Date they left the company or died

Learn About Your Ancestors with StoryScout™ 

To help you find military heroes in their family tree to honor, we are also offering free access to personalized stories about your ancestors using our StoryScout tool.

Simply visit Ancestry.com, then enter a grandparent’s name and where they might have lived and you could be given rich, visual stories about who your ancestors were, details of their military service, where and how they lived, the challenges they overcame, and ultimately how their story led to you.

Honor Military Heroes With Us 

This Memorial Day weekend, visit Ancestry to find those in your family who sacrificed for our freedom and who lived through these remarkable chapters in history. Share your stories on social media with #ISaluteFor and tag Ancestry.