The war diary of Joseph Leo Fisher
The war diary of Joseph Leo Fisher

Ancestry opens up 200 million war records for free

IF you always wanted to find out about your family's war history, today is the day to do it.

To mark Remembrance Day, Ancestry is making more than 200 million global military records free to access, to encourage more Australians to start exploring their family's military history.

The records in the collections tell stories from across the globe, including collections from Australia, Britain, Canada, South Africa and more.

Australians will be able to search to uncover their own family's wartime connections, with access to personal service dossiers, enlistment information, military promotions, illnesses, death records and much more. 

Joseph Leo Fisher
Joseph Leo Fisher

One example of a Queensland story is Joseph Leo Fisher who was 16 years old when stationed in Jerusalem during WWI.

Mr Fisher's granddaughter Diane has a few of the original pages of his diary, in which he tells of the wonders of Jerusalem, detailing the artwork, monuments and noting the religious symbolism within the city.

Joseph Fisher's general store.
Joseph Fisher's general store.

When Joseph came back from war, he set up a convenience store called 'Noah's Ark' in Brisbane - its name relating to the variety of goods the store sold. 

You can access ancestry records via the following link: www.ancestry.com.au/cs/au/world-war-1



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