Get military free access to Ancestry and Fold3 via the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library. Military active duty, retired, or reserve/national guard can access Ancestry Library Edition and Fold3 through militaryonesource.mil.

MWR Digital Library

Military Free Access to Ancestry and Fold3Free online resources for service members and their families are provided via the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library (MWR Digital Library) at Military OneSource.

Just log into your Military OneSource account or create a username and password to get started. Questions? Visit the FAQs, LiveChat, and other support for Military OneSource here.

Military Free Access to Ancestry and Fold3

Resources in the MWR Library are sorted by title or age categories, and may contain other databases helpful to your genealogy research. In the adult section:

  • Ancestry Library Edition unlocks the story of your family with billions of U.S. and international records.
  • Fold3 Library Edition is a premier collection of historical U.S. military records and unique military content, bringing to life the details of America’s military veterans with stories, photos and personal documents, from the Revolutionary War through today.

October is National Family History Month

Whether you’re just beginning or diving deeper into your family tree, there are plenty of ways to learn more about your family through free online MWR Digital Library resources:

The MWR Digital Library has “eBooks and audiobooks on virtually every topic, as well as databases and reference books.” Other MWR Digital Library resources “can help you learn a new skill, keep kids engaged, and serve as a homework source.”  To see all the resources available, log in to the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library (MWR Digital Library) here.

Alternative Access to Ancestry

If you don’t qualify for military free access to Ancestry and Fold3, try your local public library. Ancestry Library Edition is now usually available from home during the COVID-related shutdown. Contact your local public library for more information.