On Halloween, it seems only natural that the topic of cemeteries should arise. While this season brings out tales of ghosts, witches, and other superstitions within graveyards, genealogists are all too familiar with the benefits of visiting cemeteries for further research. On a recent weekend I found myself traipsing across New England on a quest to locate the graves of… 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 ›
Over 600,000 people recorded 1821-51 One of the first things you learn about Irish genealogy is that it’s hard. It’s much more difficult to trace family history in Ireland than in England or the USA. This is because so many Irish records were destroyed when the Public Record Office was blown up in 1922, and in other archival disasters. There… Read more ›
We just released 500,000 British Royal Navy & Marine Service records from 1899-1919 as part of or 100in100 campaign, bringing you 100 record sets in 100 days. Below, we take a look at the fascinating history of the Royal Navy’s epic – and brutal – participation in World War 1. The Royal Navy is the oldest service branch, tracing its proud origins… Read more ›
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 a new project to release the 1939 Register, which will see 40 million wartime British records published online within the next two years.
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 ›
St Patrick’s Day is one of those rare national holidays which resonates all over the world. To celebrate, we’re publishing the US Passenger Lists, which document arrivals of over two million immigrants into America from Ireland and the UK between 1846 and 1890. You can discover whether your ancestors were among them by exploring our new US Passenger Lists. The… Read more ›
Rumours and theories about the identity of the notorious Victorian murderer Jack the Ripper have been whispered, shouted, and otherwise bandied about ever since his grisly reign of terror nearly 130 years ago in London’s Whitechapel. While the truth has never been conclusively revealed, the investigation is by no means over. In our exclusive series, findmypast explores the history surrounding… Read more ›
After the East India Company was disbanded in 1858, the subcontinent was placed under the rule of a burgeoning British civil service. The British in India Collection holds pension records for both administrations, revealing intimate details about the many thousands of expats who spent decades of their lives living and working on (then) unfamiliar shores. Our British in India Collection… Read more ›
In anticipation for the upcoming X-Men movie, “The Wolverine”, we came to a realization that the entire X-Men saga is driven by genealogy. Since the comics hit shelves in 1963, the on-going theme of the story and the source of most conflicts is genetics and family history. New mutant characters have a combination of abilities passed down through generations of other… Read more ›
As the world waits with bated breath for the birth of the heir to the British throne, findmypast.com, an international leader in online family history, has uncovered His or Her Royal Highness’ celebrity cousins.