For the past several weeks, we’ve been highlighting the Genealogy Roadshow series on PBS. Featuring D. Joshua Taylor, Director of Family History at Findmypast, the series has been an incredible production, telling the story of American history through the men and women who lived it. Oral histories, questions, and family legends are brought by viewers and fans, and the attempt… Read more ›
“Are you sure you want him to be your ancestor?” – Genealogy Roadshow explores some famous black sheep in guests’ family trees ›
Featuring stories from St. Louis, Missouri this week, Genealogy Roadshow produced another fantastic blend of local and national history, told only as family history can be told: one person at a time. Our hosts, D. Joshua Taylor, Director of Family History at Findmypast, and professional genealogists Mary Tedesco and Kenyatta Barry, took us through a variety of stories as they… Read more ›
Our first look at Genealogy Roadshow in 2015, and what an hour! The stories from the first of two episodes filmed in New Orleans include elements of crime, war, a historic love connection, and the tragic reality of slavery. Featuring our very own D. Joshua Taylor, Director of Family History at Findmypast, this initial episode took us through several stories… Read more ›
Joshua Taylor, Director of Family History at Findmypast, discusses the ins and outs of research in records outside of the UK and Ireland. Uncover the world’s largest index to genealogical periodicals, the PERiodcial Source Index, along with records from the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Get up to speed with researching families in the U.S. census, passenger lists,… Read more ›
In her video from Findmypast’s Remembrance Weekend live broadcast, Laura Berry will explain how to get the most out of Findmypast’s rich collection of nine million historical British and Irish newspapers, covering 1710-1954. Laura is currently the lead genealogist for the BBC TV series Who Do You Think You Are? She was formerly the editor of Your Family History magazine and has worked as… Read more ›
Findmypast has the most comprehensive collection of military service records. Detailing the approaches he took when researching the community of Chailey, Sussex during the First World War, Paul Nixon, resident military expert, demonstrates how to make the most of Findmypast’s impressive collection of Royal Navy, British Army, and Royal Air Force records. This session will be of particular interest to those… Read more ›
The National Genealogy Society Family History Conference came to historical Richmond, Virginia this past week and as usual, the event served up some excellent genealogical activities and resources to all who visited. The conference took place in two different but adjacent locations – The Greater Richmond Convention Centre and the Richmond Marriott Hotel. The latter of which was primarily used… Read more ›
Every war has seen mothers who have seen their sons march off to fight, never to return. This Mother’s Day, we take a solemn look back at one poignant example. In November 1864 a letter was sent to a widow living in Boston named Mrs Lydia Bixby. The brief, message, allegedly penned by Abraham Lincoln himself, attempted to comfort and… Read more ›
Findmypast is thrilled to announce an incredible breakthrough in one of the most famous popular mysteries of the last century. Our stellar London team has recovered the death records of both Dr Henry Jekyll, and his sometime associate, Mr Edward Hyde.
Findmypast is thrilled to announce a new project to release the 1939 Register, which will see 40 million wartime British records published online within the next two years.
For the second post in our series of search introductions, we’re looking at a few specific examples of how to use the new search by trying out some of the searches that our members regularly do. Searching a UK census record would seem like a good place to start. Start broad…. The first choice to make is whether to… Read more ›
We’ve made a number of improvements to the site, and as with any change, there’s a bit of a learning curve. Getting started with the new search With that in mind, we’ll be rolling out a series of blog posts, as well as new help and advice sections across the site, to help you get started with your new search… Read more ›