In this special guest post, family historian and workhouse expert Peter Higginbotham explores the fascinating stories revealed in Findmypast’s workhouse records. Discovering an ancestor in a workhouse Coming across an ancestor who was in a workhouse is something that happens to many people when they start delving into their family history. It was when I received the death certificate of… Read more ›
Before the 19th century records are scarcer and their survival something more of a small miracle. We’re very lucky then that there were two copies of our richest source of records, doubling the chance of survival. Civil registration was introduced in 1837. Before that births, marriages and deaths were recorded in their local Church of England parish. Parish records are… Read more ›
We’ve once again added more images to the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) as part of our promise to create the most comprehensive version available online. With PERSI, you can easily locate key information about people and places. By linking images to the indexes, we also allow you to access articles, photos, and other material you might not find using other research methods.… Read more ›
On the fateful night of December 29, 1894, the Gas & Electric Light Fixtures Factory of the Cassidy and Son Manufacturing Company went up in flames. The six story building generated a blaze large enough to require the work of 13 engines and 4 hook and ladder companies. While the fireman were actively working in the building, Battalion Chief John… 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 ›
We’ve added over 870,000 Royal Artillery attestations and nearly 30,000 casualty cards to our military records, already the largest collection of pre-World War 1 service records online. Enrolling for service: The Royal Artillery attestations The information in the Royal Artillery attestations is taken from enlistment books which were maintained by British Army regiments between 1883 and 1942. Army Book 358… Read more ›
We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our 100in100 campaign. Over the next 100 days we will release new records every week with millions of new names and showcasing some of our recently added collections.
Welcome to findmypast’s first monthly newspaper roundup. We’re going to be giving you regular updates about our ever-growing newspaper collection, so there’s no excuse for missing any headlines! Major new additions We’re pleased to announce the addition of some major regional titles to the vast British Newspaper Collection. Digitised in partnership with the British Library, our new additions date between 1801… 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 ›