Have you ever stopped to consider the implications of the lyrics ‘he sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake’? In this cheery, jingly-jangly song, a child is being threatened by an omnipotent, ever-vigilant pensioner whose judgement can make or break Christmas. This got us thinking; Santa as a concept is actually pretty terrifying, particularly now chimneys are… Read more ›
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 ›
In February 1915, Private James Brown of the Cheshire Regiment had a near death experience the like of which has been seen countless times since in Hollywood movies. In the Belgian village of Neuve Eglise, his battalion under intense fire, Private Brown was thrown from his feet by a shell blast. His life was saved by a small metal tin… Read more ›
We noticed, when we were transcribing the service and pension records that now comprise our British Army Service Records 1914-1920 collection, that tucked away in some men’s service records were what appeared to be random lists of men. In some cases one of the names on the list was the man whose file we were looking at, but in many… Read more ›
The writers and historians here at Findmypast are always coming across fascinating stories and historical treasures – which are too good not to share. In our regular column, Jim’s Gems, we look at the curious discoveries of Findmypast writer Jim Shaughnessy. This week: the awful recipes our ancestors seemingly lapped up eagerly. The Way We Ate Then It’s no secret… Read more ›
Today we remember all those who died in the line of duty. The bravery and sacrifice of all of those who have been involved in conflict will not be forgotten. This infographic reveals some of the incredible heroism of First World War Victoria Cross winners.
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.