Over the Veterans Weekend, we gave FREE access to all of our over 2 billion historical records.

We had a brilliant response - thousands of people took the opportunity to start researching their own family histories and start building their family trees.

Here at Findmypast, we held our first ever Live Broadcast, where our panel of expert historians and genealogists shared their knowledge and some great hints and tips to help everyone get started, get further, and break down some brick walls.

Amy Sell kicked off the show with a talk on getting started with your family history. Myko Clelland shared his top tips for researching on Findmypast, before Amy returned to the stage to discuss how to get the most out of census records. Laura Berry, Lead Genealogist from BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? spoke about what you can find in historic British newspapers, then Paul Nixon, our military expert spoke about how to find ancestors in Findmypast's extensive military collections. Brian Donovan, the Director of Findmypast Ireland spoke about how to trace Irish ancestors, before our Director of Family History (and wonderful chair) Joshua Taylor, closed the event with a discussion of international records.

You can watch all these videos (and many more) at Findmypast's YouTube channel.

We then held a live Q&A on our Facebook page. You'll be able to see all the questions answered (plus some extras) right here on our blog very soon.

You can catch up with all of these videos, and see all the updates and other helpful articles on our dedicated Veterans Weekend section of our blog.

We'd love to know what you discovered this weekend. Did you manage to trace an elusive ancestor overseas? Or perhaps you discovered more about someone in your tree's military experience? Or did you manage to add some more names to your family tree. Please do let us know what you found out this weekend in the comments below.

Thanks to everyone who joined us to discover more about their family's past this special Veterans Weekend.

Continue building your family tree at Findmypast