FindMyPast has a particularly good collection of Queensland records, and I have also been using their British census records and parish registers for many years. Recently other record sets (including passenger lists, Royal Household records and East India Company and civil service pensions) have provided some exciting discoveries. For example, passenger lists showed that between one British census and the next, two of my family groups spent several years in South Africa and Canada before returning home to England.
Recent improvements at FindMyPast include:
- British Newspaper Archive is available within FindMyPast.
- Online family trees can now be created at FindMyPast by importing a GEDCOM file (or by entering data manually).
- New SEARCH platform is very flexible, and allows you to search at multiple category levels. Read the new guide to searching.
- Vote for what you would liked added to the UK site by clicking the lightbulb icon (bottom right on Findmypast.co.uk).
If you are not sure whether FindMyPast will suit you, try the new one month subscription. (If you have no Australian research but need access to UK records, sign up via findmypast.co.uk.)
Although a 12-month subscription is the best value, some people may find the one month subscription more convenient. It is available for each of FindMyPast's regional collections (Australia/NZ; UK; Ireland; USA) and also for the World collection (which, as of Feb 2014, is now cheaper).
Searches on FindMyPast are free. You only need pay-as-you-go credits or a subscription if you want to see transcriptions or images of original records. There is a 10% loyalty discount for renewing a 12-month subscription.
Follow the links below to see (for each region) a full list of categories and all the record sets currently available within them, with descriptions of what each record set contains and what detailed information you can expect to find.
- Australia and New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- Canada (the Canadian collection is still in its infancy)
More record sets are added each month, and announcements are made via FindMyPast's email newsletters, blogs etc.
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