Migration and travel
When our ancestors first arrived on the shores of America, many were filled with hope – with the promise of a new life, a new start. They were chasing what we’ve now come to call the “American Dream;” the promise of a better life in a new land. This concept, combined with poverty, war, religious discrimination, famine, and a thousand… Read more ›
Welcome to week 3 of Findmypast’s Crime and Punishment Month! By now you may have discovered your ancestors’ arrest records in our collection and read about their trial. This week, we’re focusing on the 3rd stage of the justice system: imprisonment, and in some cases, exile. Historic Prison Records This week we’ll be focussing on our treasure trove of Home… Read more ›
Last week, April 12th marked the 153rd anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. The war split the nation for four years and has long been remembered as the bloodiest conflict in American history. As part of the 100in100, findmypast is providing access to a number of vital Civil War records for both the Union and Confederacy. The American Civil… Read more ›
Welcome to findmypast, the best online resource for tracing your Irish family tree. As you begin your journey, here are a few key ideas to help you get started: Start with what you know. The journey to your Irish heritage begins with you. Gather information about your nearest relatives, especially your parents and grandparents. For each person, record their full… 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.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and discover your Irish roots by searching for ancestors who journeyed from Ireland to the United States at the height of the Great Irish Famine in our new US Passenger Lists. In October 1845 about three-quarters of Ireland’s potato crop was ruined by a serious blight. Over four million people depended on the crop as their… 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 ›
New Records: US Veterans Gravesites among Millions of new US, Irish, UK, Australian and New Zealand Records on findmypast.com ›
Along with the recent addition of British newspapers to our collection, we’ve also added a long list of US, Irish, UK, Australian and New Zealand records! Happy searching! US Records U.S. Veteran’s Grave sites Montana Deaths (update) Irish Records Karbinstan Archives WWI Irish Soldiers Wills Australian & New Zealand Records New Zealand Electoral Rolls 1865-1875 Northern Territory Anglican Baptisms and… Read more ›
New Records: Work to War to Worship; Findmypast.com Exclusive Historical Records Highlight Significant Life Events ›
Findmypast.com just published more than 40 million new records to its all ready extensive collection of historical records, which include military; life events; census land and surveys; institutions and organization; newspapers, directories and social history; immigration and travel; court and probate; and education and work records. “The number of records released offers findmypast.com‘s users a staggering amount of new data,… Read more ›
The 1911 England & Wales census also on findmypast.com gives insight into a variety of occupations that have lost significance in a modern world. The records include entertainingly ambiguous job titles, including knockers-up, snobs, chocolate dippers, devils, hokey-pokey men, and bondagers.
A feature of the Passenger Lists, from the 1920s on, is the inclusion of a last known address in the UK next to the passenger’s name.
This is of enormous use and interest for family historians – seeing where an ancestor was living before they emigrated or, indeed, went on holiday. It is also an easy way of being sure that the passenger on board is the person that you were searching for.