Findmypast Encourage Budding Genealogists To Get Started With Five Days of Free Access to Over 1.8 Billion Essential Records


  • From Thursday 27th April until 1st May 2017, over 1.9 billion birth marriage, death & and census records will be completely free to search and explore at Findmypast
  • This includes 595 million UK BMDs, the largest collection available online, over 80 million exclusive parish records you won’t find anywhere else, over 13 million Catholic Sacramental Registers covering England, Ireland, Scotland & the US, and over 168 million United States Marriages
London, UK, 27th April 2017

Findmypast is encouraging fledgling family historians to start their journey of discovery by providing five days of free access to their entire collection of birth, marriage, death and census records. From 09:00 BST, 27th April until 23:00 BST, May 1st 2017, all record matches on Findmypast Family trees and the 1.9 billion records they cover will be completely free to view and explore.
By providing free access to these essential beginner records, Findmypast aims to help budding genealogists start building their family tree and discover new ancestors through their records. Researchers will also be provided with daily getting started guides, expert insights and useful how-to blogs over the course of the free access period. A free webinar entitled “Start Your Family History Journey” will also be broadcast at 4pm BST, Friday April 28th.

For the next five days, all visitors to Findmypast will be able to access all of the following records for free;
  • Over 595 million UK birth, marriages & death records including exclusive parish collections
  • The Catholic Heritage Archive – a rich archive of over 13 million baptisms, marriages, burials & Sacramental registers from Ireland, Scotland, Westminster, Birmingham and Philadelphia – only available on Findmypast
  • Over 370 million US & Canadian vital records
  • Over 9 million Irish census records including the 1901 & 1911 census – the only Irish censuses to survive intact
  • Over 27 million Australian & New Zealand BMDS
  • Over 257 million UK census records including all intact national censuses and a variety of early census fragments
  • Over 704 million US & Canadian Census records
  • Over 487,000 Australian & New Zealand Census records
All 1.9 billion records covered by the free access period are automatically matched against the names, dates and locations stored in Findmypast’s online Family Tree Builder. As information is added, Findmypast does all the hard work by sifting through the archives to instantly identify potential matches. Once potential matches have been made, users can quickly and easily review possible leads before adding the relevant information to their tree.

Keeping a tree on Findmypast is the first step towards exploring their archive of more than 8 billion records from around the world, more than 1 billion of which aren’t available anywhere else online.

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.