Explore Findmypast’s billions of historical records for FREE this Veterans Weekend

  • Free access to all Findmypast’s historical records throughout Veterans Weekend
  • Live Broadcast to be held on Saturday afternoon featuring an expert panel of historians and genealogists
This Veterans Weekend, we want to help everyone find their First World War ancestors and learn more about their family history.

So we’re delighted to announce that this Veterans Weekend, we’ll be opening up our archives and giving unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. That means that between 7am on Friday, November 7th and 7am on Monday, November 10th (EST), absolutely everyone will have access to all our historical records, including:
  • Global record sets that include census, birth, marriage, and death records from the 1600s to the present.
  • Millions of local newspaper pages from around the globe spanning 1710 to 2014.
  • Largest collection of local records from England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland dating back to 1500.
  • Military records dating from 1760, encompassing the U.S. Civil War, World War I and World War II.
  • Passenger lists and naturalizations, covering the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, and beyond.
  • Local histories, genealogies, and exclusive access to PERSI (the PERiodical Source Index)
  • And much, much more!
As well as millions of other records that will give everyone the opportunity to explore their family history and bring their past to life.

It’s not only new users who will be able to take their family history research further this weekend.

Those with current Findmypast Local subscriptions (with an active Britain, Ireland, US & Canada or Australia & New Zealand subscription) will be able to access all our historical World records during the free access weekend. Those with active World subscriptions will have an additional three days added on to their subscription.

Find out more at our dedicated Free Weekend page.

Live Broadcast

This Saturday 8th November, we will be hosting our first ever Live Broadcast. Featuring an expert panel including Findmypast’s Director of Family History, Joshua Taylor, military historian Paul Nixon, and Who Do You Think You Are?’s Lead Genealogist Laura Berry, the broadcast is designed to help everyone get further with their family history research.

The talks will cover a wide range of topics – from getting started to breaking down brick walls – and viewers can choose to watch the entire event, or tune in for specific presentations.

The Live Broadcast will be shown at http://new.livestream.com/innerear/findmypast at 10am (EST) on Saturday 8th November. All of the presentations can also be watched on demand after the broadcast on the Veterans Weekend section of our blog.

See the programme below, and read more about the speakers and their talks on our blog.

Live Broadcast Programme
  • 10:00: Joshua Taylor, Director Family History, Findmypast: Welcome
  • 10:02am: Amy Sell, Family Historian, Findmypast: Getting Started
  • 10:20am: Myko Clelland, Family Historian, Findmypast: Top Tips for Researching Your Family History
  • 10:40am: Amy Sell: What the Censuses Tell Us
  • 11:00am: Laura Berry, Lead Genealogist, BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?: Exploring British Newspapers
  • 11:20am: Paul Nixon, Military Expert, Findmypast: Discover Your Ancestors in the Military Records
  • 11:40am: Brian Donovan, Director, Findmypast Ireland: Tracing Your Irish Ancestors
  • 12:00pm: Joshua Taylor: Discover Your Ancestors in International Records
  • 12:20pm: Joshua Taylor: Closing remarks
  • 12:30pm – 1.30pm: Facebook Q&A with the Findmypast Experts on our global Facebook page.
(all times EST)

Live Family History Facebook Q&A

Directly after our Live Broadcast, we’ll also be hosting a live Q&A on family history researching on our global Facebook page with some of our speakers. Join us between 5.30 and 6.30pm GMT (4.30-5.30am AEDT) to join the discussion on how to get started or break down your family history brick walls.

You can submit your questions in advance to our Facebook wall, send them @Findmypast on Twitter using the hashtag #FMPLive, or join us live on Facebook on Saturday evening.

Follow @Findmypast on Twitter and use the hashtag #FMPLive to follow our event updates.

For further information please contact: press@findmypast.co.uk

About Findmypast

Findmypast has been a leading family history website for more than 10 years. It’s a searchable online archive of billions family history records, from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For our members around the world, Findmypast is a crucial resource for building family trees and doing detailed historical research.

In April 2003 the company was the first to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, Findmypast has digitised family history records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. In partnership with the British Library, Findmypast is part of a project to safeguard the future of the world’s greatest newspaper archive – allowing digital access to more than 40 million newspaper pages. Recently, The National Archives awarded the company the exclusive rights to put the 1939 Register for England and Wales online.