Find-a-Photo service launched

Posted on: 2, June, 2020

Find-a-Photo with British Army Ancestors

British Army Ancestors has launched a new Find-a-Photo service which aims to harness the powers of internet search to help users find photos of British soldiers. At the time of writing, there are just over 84,000 photos British Army photos that have been published on the British Army Ancestors website. Thousands more photos are published every week but there will be hundreds of thousands, millions of photos even, that are in private collections and which may never be published.

How Find-a-Photo works

A new dedicated Find-a-Photo page has been added to the British Army Ancestors page, offering a low-cost opportunity for people searching for photos of soldiers to advertise their wants on the page. The idea is that names and regimental details published on the Find-a-Photo page will be indexed by search engines and will show up in future search results. So for argument’s sake, if I am looking for a photograph of my great grandfather Pte Ernest Whitcomb and type those details into Google, the result on the British Army Ancestors Find-a-Photo page immediately appears.

Ernest Whitcomb, Find-a-Photo

I have personally had several successes using this approach when writing about soldiers on my Chailey 1914-1918 blog and, as I note on the Find-a-Photo page, on my Army Ancestry Research blog.

How much does the Find-a-Photo service cost?

It costs £25 to place a line advert on the Find-a-Photo page. That is a 0ne-off charge and your request stays there for as long as you want it to remain there. You may also consider publishing a more detailed request on my Army Ancestry Research page. Google loves content and for £40 I will write you a blog entry, with your British Army Ancestor as the subject of that particular post. To see how Google picks up on this blog, go to Google and type Godsafe Grenadier.

To take advantage of the service please follow the instructions on the Find-a-Photo page which you’ll see in the main body copy and in the right hand panel.

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Welcome to British Army Ancestors. This is a FREE site. It will always be a FREE site. The vision is one of our vast army of British Army Ancestors brought to life. Search for a soldier. Upload a photograph. Search for another soldier. Upload another photograph. In time, it is intended that this site will become THE place to come to when looking for images of British Army Ancestors.

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There are over 11 million searchable names on the British Army Ancestors website. Searching is easy and fast. Use the wildcard asterisk * to narrow your results. REGISTER in order to upload photographs and download existing images. That's all there is to it. This website will be regularly updated and new features announced via the blog. Thanks for supporting this initiative to put faces to the names of our British Army Ancestors.

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Do you own medal roll transcriptions from WO 100 or similar? I am seeking to plug known gaps in this database of British Army Ancestors by adding medal roll transcriptions and other databases to this site, thus adding to the 11m+ searchable names you will find here. Please drop me a line if you would like to contribute: paul@britisharmyancestors.co.uk.

There are currently 100337 photos of British Army soldiers published on this website