Since we released the Church of Ireland Parish Record Search Forms collection as part of last week’s Findmypast Fridays collection, we thought we’d offer you a quick guide to Irish Parish records, and why they’re the key to tracing your Irish ancestors. Civil registration and the Old Age Pension Prior to the introduction of compulsory civil registration in Ireland in 1864,… Read more ›
Life after death has held a mysterious fascination for centuries. No-one took the otherworldly more seriously than the Victorians, who combined their love for administration with that of the occult. In the late 1800s, those at the forefront of ethereal research decided to inject a little bureaucracy into proceedings, and thus came about the spookiest census to date. The Census of Ghosts was carried… 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.
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 ›
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 ›
Our resident expert Josh Taylor explains the initial steps in starting your family history. From interviewing living relatives to documenting your research, these tips will get you started and give you the best shot at making discoveries for years to come.
This weekend, our favorite video game plumbers are back, in a brand new adventure for Super Mario Bros. on the Wii-U. It turns out that Mario and the gang also exist in the historical record.
Thousands of British women found love during the Second World War. American and Canadian troops stationed in Britain during the War gained a reputation as being ‘overpaid, overfed, oversexed and over here’. British women married these servicemen in huge numbers, with approximately 100,000 wedding Americans and a further 45,000 marrying Canadians. Once the war was over and peace secured the… Read more ›
We just wanted to give a quick update on the addition of British newspapers to findmypast.com. Our teams are working diligently to ensure the newspaper collections are successfully integrated within findmypast.com according to our high standards of quality records and images.
The fictional character 007 lights up the silver screen again this week in the new Skyfall thriller. While sipping martinis and dreaming about owning an Aston Martin, the findmypast.com team delved into real life James Bonds.
The number and frequency of sailings to the US shows how lucrative the transatlantic trade was, with various routes served by competing shipping lines. There were regular sailings from Southampton, Glasgow, Queenstown (Cobh of Cork) and other ports, but not all travellers to America went via American ports such as New York and Philadelphia. The alternative option, especially if your… Read more ›
New records alert! 200,000 names in Byrne’s Irish Times Abstracts 1859-1901, covering Dublin City and it’s Southern suburbs, including births,