Thursday, September 1, 2016

Findmypast Adds a Further 4 Millions Records to the United States Marriage Collection

Includes significant additions from Arkansas, West Virginia, Illinois, New England, Tennessee and Massachusetts

Springfield, Illinois: 01 August 2016

Leading family history website, Findmypast, announced today at the 2016 conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies the release of over 4 million new marriage records in the latest installment of their United States Marriages collection.

Released in partnership with FamilySearch International, the records contain more than 8 million names and marks the latest stage of an ambitious project that will see Findmypast digitize and publish the single largest online archive of U.S. marriages in history.

Covering 360 years of marriages from 1650-2010, when complete this landmark collection will contain at least 100 million records, more than 450 million names from 2,800 counties across America. More than 60 per cent of the records will have never before been published online and the collection will only be found in its entirety exclusively on Findmypast.

While the United States Marriage collection includes marriages from nearly every state, this latest instalment includes significant additions from Arkansas, West Virginia, Illinois, New England, Tennessee and Massachusetts.

The records include marriage date, bride and groom names, birthplace, birth date, age, and residence as well as father’s and mother’s names. Customers with family trees on Findmypast will benefit from leads connecting relatives on their trees with the marriage records, thus generating a whole new source of research.

Commenting, Ben Bennett, Executive Vice-President North America and International for Findmypast said:

“The United States marriages project is central to Findmypast’s growth strategy in the U.S. The millions of new U.S. records will complement Findmypast’s massive collection of British and Irish data. Many of these new US marriage records have never been available online before and we are excited to help our customers make new discoveries and fill in the missing pieces in their research.”

About Findmypast

Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online family history. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Lives of the First World War, The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, amongst others.

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over eight billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research.

In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitized records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. Findmypast, in association with The National Archives, recently launched the 1939 Register, a record of 41 million lives on the eve of World War II.