Just how murky is your past? Are there wrongdoers in your family tree? Perhaps you’re the descendant of legal eagles and lawmakers. Whether your family history contains vice or virtue, Over the next four weeks, Findmypast’s Crime and Punishment month will give you the opportunity to find out more, with new records, blogs, articles and videos to help you research your criminal ancestry.
This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 240,000 fascinating Australian convict records, new additions to our collection of historic Irish newspapers, Irish Workhouse records from County Clare and Sligo as well as English parish records from the parish of Southfleet in North West Kent. Australian Convict Records Containing nearly 27,000 records, the Australia Convict Conditional and Absolute Pardons… Read more ›
In this week’s installment of Off The Record, we’re taking a look at a few of our World War 1 collections. Families were torn apart in 1914 as huge swathes of populations were pulled into a conflict the scale of which no-one could have foreseen. Trace your ancestors’ incredible journey, and discover their part in the war which changed the world.
Last week, our US team traveled to St. Charles, Missouri for the National Genealogical Society 2015 Family History Conference. We had an incredible week celebrating our genealogy community, new partnerships, new records, and food trucks! We were delighted to combine forces with Mocavo, and spent our week spreading the word on both online resources as tools for your family history.… Read more ›
Keeping it local In this edition of Off The Record we’re focusing on collections for specific counties, areas or states. These can be incredibly useful for researching local ancestors, and familiarising yourself with the area where they lived. Remember, this is just a sample of our wonderful local records. There are so many more to explore! Shropshire Baptisms Our Shropshire Baptism… Read more ›
Welcome to our first instalment of Off The Record, our new fortnightly blast from the (Findmy)past. We have so many records in our collection, with new ones coming in all the time, and it’s easy to forget about some of our older gems. Off The Record will highlight some of these buried treasures, any of which could be valuable to your family history research.… Read more ›
Earlier this month, three of our U.S. team members traveled to Providence, Rhode Island for the New England Regional Genealogy Consortium 2015 Conference. This bi-annual event always promises to be an amazing one, and this year was no exception. Boasting a full house with around 1000 attendees, the three day conference was non-stop for all of us. We were… Read more ›
This Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 5 million parish records in the second phase of Findmypast’s Yorkshire collection and over 43,000 prisoner of war records released in partnership with the National Archives to coincide with the centenary of the Gallippoli landings. This week’s new additions also include Australian military and land survey records, Irish local government records and… Read more ›
150 years ago today, the bloodiest conflict in American History ended, in a Virginian grocer’s front parlor. On April 9th 1865, after four years of brutal fighting that had cost the lives of an estimated 620,000 men, General Robert Edward Lee surrendered to the Commanding General of the Union Army, Ulysses S. Grant. Although the war officially ended by declaration… Read more ›
“If-Christ-Had-Not-Died-for-Thee-Thou-Hads’t-Been-Damned”… The Weird and Wonderful Names of the English Puritans ›
The Puritans were a group of English Protestants who rose to prominence in the 16th and 17th centuries. After Henry VIII broke ties with the Catholic Church in 1534, many Protestants believed that the reforms made to the religious structure of England had not gone anywhere near far enough. Shortly after the accession of Elizabeth I in 1558, these Protestants… Read more ›
Over 1.3 US million military pension records of Civil War veterans have recently been added to Findmypast. The United States Civil War Pension Files Index, 1861-1934, is an index of pension application cards for veterans and their beneficiaries. The records actually cover veterans of all conflicts during this period including the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection and… Read more ›
Free access to billions of historical records! We’re delighted to announce that this weekend, we are opening up our archives and giving unlimited free access to our billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. That means that between midday on Friday, March 6th and midday on Monday, March 9th (GMT), absolutely everyone will have access to our comprehensive collections of historical records… Read more ›