Thursday, May 2, 2013

Findmypast.com Adds 23 Million Records and 121 Million Newspaper Pages From Around the World


Newly added collection documents hundreds of years of significant life events and media headlines


LOS ANGELES (May 1, 2013) – Findmypast.com, an international leader in online family history, has published more than 23 million new records and 121 million pages of U.S. and world newspapers to its already extensive collection of historical records. New records, including Irish birth, marriage and death records, highlight important life events for our ancestors. Researchers can find their ancestors in a newspaper article among thousands or find their grandfather’s military service documented through World War II Enlistment Records. Those with a criminal in their past can find their ancestors throughout the extensive United Kingdom’s Courts, Crimes and Convicts record set.  

The United Kingdom criminal records collection is the largest collection of historical criminal records from England and Wales to be published online, and is published in association with the National Archives (U.K.). These unique records offer a fascinating look at the colorful details of the criminal side of society from 1770 to 1934.

Another collection, the U.S. Veteran’s Gravesites, contains 7.6 million death records of people who served or are related to those who served, and are buried in various Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries, state veteran’s cemeteries, or other military gravesites. This collection offers a chance to trace the family members who answered the call to service, and is especially useful for genealogists who may not have a clear picture of details surrounding a particular ancestor.

“The new U.S. and world newspapers on findmypast.com broaden the scope of our collection to countries such as Denmark, France and even South Africa,” said D. Joshua Taylor, lead genealogist for findmypast.com. “This gives users an amazing opportunity to explore the events their ancestors lived through.”

The full collection of records recently added by findmypast.com includes:

United States
  • U.S. and World Newspapers
  • U.S. Veteran Grave Sites
  • Montana Deaths
  • WWII Enlistment Records
  • Ohio Deaths
  • Ohio Marriages
  • Ohio Divorces
  • Connecticut Deaths

United Kingdom
  • Westminster Parish
  • Canterbury Parish Records, Kent
  • British Newspapers
  • UK Courts, Crimes and Convicts
  • Suffolk Testator Index, 1847-1857
  • British Business Index
  • Lincolnshire Parish Apprentice
  • Indentures
  • Nether Hallam, Sheffield 1831 Census
  • Freemen of Ipswich, Suffolk
  • Dental Surgeons Directory 1925
  • Corfe Castle and District 1790 Census
  • Bury Workhouse Creed Registers
  • GWR Shareholders
  • Dorset Hemp and Flax Growers
  • Glamorgan Schools Admission Registers
  • Land Tax Billingshurst
  • Pigots Directory of Herefordshire 1830
  • Parish Apprentices for Somerset
  • Bury Workhouse Discharge Registers
  • Northamptonshire and Rutland Probate Index
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Index 1750-1800
  • London Probate Index 1750-1858
  • Royal Fusiliers Collection 1863-1905
  • West Kent Probate Index 1750-1858
  • Manchester Regiment city battalions 1914-1916
  • Waterloo Roll Call 1815
  • Royal Air Force Muster Roll 1918
  • Divorce Index
  • Parish Apprentices for Dorset
  • Parish Apprentices for Somerset
  • Bury Union Workhouse (Jericho Institution) Admission Registers
  • Prison ship (Hulk) Registers 1811-1843
  • Oldham Pals 1914-1920
  • Oldham Pals Roll of Honour
  • Northamptonshire and Rutland Probate Index
  • Parish Apprentices for Somerset
  • London burials
  • Bank of England Wills Extracts 1717-1845
  • Clergy List 1896
  • Civil Service Evidence of Age
  • Bury Workhouse Discharge Registers
  • Royal Artillery honours & awards
  • Military Nurses
  • Army Deserters (1828-1840)
  • Distinguished Conduct Medal Citations
  • Peninsular Medal Roll 1793-1814
  • Napoleonic War - Regimental indexes 1806
  • 1861 Worldwide Army Index
  • Royal Red Cross Register
  • WWII Escapers and Evaders
  • Surrey Recruitment Registers, 1908-1933
  • Royal Naval Division, 1914-1919
  • Royal Artillery Military Medal awards
  • Napoleonic War - Army of Reserve
  • Cheshire Electoral Registers
  • Royal Marine Medal Roll, 1914-1920
  • CLIP Crewmembers
  • Manchester Workhouse Registers, 1800-1911
  • Manchester Naturalization Society, 1896-1909
  • Derybshire Marriages
  • Derbyshire Baptisms 

Australia and New Zealand
  • New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1878
  • A Return of the Freeholders of new Zealand, October 1882
  • Crown Land Sales in Queensland 1842-1861
  • Crown Land Sales in Queensland 1860-1911
  • Return of Crown Lands 1854
  • Australian Imperial Expeditionary Forces Roll of Honour
  • New Zealand War Medal Roll


Findmypast.com’s expertise at digitizing historical records and uniting communities provides the tools to help people connect with their past and present.

These collections of records and newspapers are available across all international sites. All new record additions to any one international site are also added to all other international sites.

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Findmypast.com (owned by brightsolid) is the U.S. site of findmypast, an international leader in online family history. Findmypast connects people to core and unique U.S., English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Australian and New Zealand records dating back as far as 1200.  

About brightsolid

Findmypast.com is owned by brightsolid online publishing, a British-owned world leader in online genealogy,with over 45 years’ experience in family history and a record of online innovation in the field of family history nearly two decades long. With nearly 18 million registered users across its family of online genealogy brands, brightsolid hosts more than a billion genealogical records from across the globe. The company reported a 75 percent growth in turnover and a 47 percent growth in gross profits in its most recent published accounts and was voted Best Genealogy Organization in the Online Gene Awards.