Aree www.forces-war-records.co.uk ns poor as their promotional material?

#1
I received an unsolicited email from this bunch saying...

Dear PTDN.

On 28th July 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria-hungary was assassinated by a Yugoslav Nationalist. WW1 then began when Austria-Hungary invaded Serbia. To commemorate this event, and the millions who sacrificed themselves during the war, we are offering full membership VAT free this weekend. Simply click on any link in this email and your discount will be applied.
Its this typical of the quality of their research?
 

oldbaldy

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#2
I'd not heard of them before But I've had a quick look.
They appear to have collated publicly held records.
Bit of a surprise they have linked to Forces Reunited and I found myself there. Maybe time for a deletion there.
They have no record of my grandfather, although I have his WW1 medal card, but they do have his brother but that will have been gleaned from CWGC. I suspect their WW2 records are only CWGC.
 

seaweed

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#3
You should be able to get at most of this stuff for nothing via one of your local public libraries if the owning local authority subscribes to Ancestry Library Edition.

However nok can get copies of papers, med records etc from the vets agency for a fee (and a fairly long wait).
 
#4
I received an unsolicited email from this bunch saying...



Its this typical of the quality of their research?

Sounds like Baldrick's explanation of how WWI started!

And I was sure that Yugoslavia didn't come in to existance until the end of the great war.
 
#5
Gee, Theo, thanks for that-and how are things at Military Records, Military War Articles & Forces History Data - Forces War Records

A couple of points: Ancestry, Find My Past (not that good, IMHO) and National Archives are about the best bets for family research, especially with those ancestors who have a Military background. WW1 records (MICs, Pension papers and Records of Service, etc) do not exist for every serviceman/woman: many were destroyed during a Blitz raid. Unless you are a direct relative or you can prove the death of your subject is greater than 25 years, WW2 records are NOT available-the 116 year rule applies.

The caveat to that is PW debriefings and these have to be applied for under an FOI request, through NA or MoD.

Again, for those ancestors with a Military background, The London Gazette and CWGC are good, free source starting points.
 
#6
I'd not heard of them before But I've had a quick look.
They appear to have collated publicly held records.
Bit of a surprise they have linked to Forces Reunited and I found myself there. Maybe time for a deletion there.
They have no record of my grandfather, although I have his WW1 medal card, but they do have his brother but that will have been gleaned from CWGC. I suspect their WW2 records are only CWGC.
..................and that'll be because the registrant for www.forces-war-records.co.uk is Forces Reunited.
 
#7
Just parted with a month's subscription to find that for the two WW1 soldiers I am interested in, they have no more information than CWGC - which is free - or was hen I last looked.
 

oldbaldy

LE
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#8
June is the wrong date as it should be July. Though not going to shoot them down for a typo error.!!
Well I was a member of Forces War Records for two months and found them to be very useful.
The payment wasnt that expensive to have access to that many records from history and you can do a free search to see if they have the record you want, but you have to pay to view. I made good use of it by seaching my family, my wife's and a close friend. Quite impressed with what I found out and the customer service (email only) was good when I had an issue not finding a WWI record.
Had good information on the unit history and medals. I also noticed they have free POW records which cost £70(ish) to get from the Red Cross.
In all i was happy and would recommend.

I do love it when someone joins to give an unsolicited praise to a company in an old(ish) thread.
Ho hum!
 
#9
I had an E Mail from them and like another poster tried my Grandad from WW1 whose medals and War Badge I have and came back not trace. Also my Great Grandad who exists in Kew as I got his details and Pip, squeak and Wilfred. Also no trace.
 
#10
The reason most ww1&ww2 records are not available is because the records they hold are moved across from forces reunited,and are the ones the members from that site provide.
Forces reunited then transfer said info across and charge you to see the info that you had provided for free,(nice earner if you had thought of the scam).
 
#14
Mickey mouse website, do not give them any money
 
#15
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The caveat to that is PW debriefings and these have to be applied for under an FOI request, through NA or MoD..
Second World War POW 'liberation questionnaires' and Escape and Evasion reports are openly available at the National Archives.

Many of the latter have been catalogued by name but the liberation questionnaires are arranged alphabetically and need a physical search through the relevant file.

Anybody need one give me a shout and I'll take a look for you.

(Korean War POW interrogation reports are closed until 2030's).
 
#16
I got my money back, eventually
 
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