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Top reasons to choose findmypast

We offer more than 1.7 billion international family history records from the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand and beyond with records going back to 1200. New collections are added every month, so why not join findmypast to add depth to your family tree?

Exclusive family history records and newspapers only found on our site

We offer more than 1,000 exclusive collections on findmypast that you will not find online anywhere else. For example:

  • Our collection of British newspaper archives from England, Wales and Scotland
  • Parish records, including 40 million baptisms, marriages and burials from across England and Wales dating back to 1538
  • Passenger lists of ships leaving the UK 1890-1960 to the U.S., Canada and Australia
  • British Army Records 1760-1915
  • Rapidly growing collection of local English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish records dating back to 1700, including school admissions, workhouse registers and apprenticeships records.

Rapidly expanding U.S. and Canadian records and newspaper archives

We have added more than 30 million records to in the past year and will continue to add more core and rare U.S. records and Canadian family history. Our U.S. and World newspapers cover 21 countries, all 50 states and Canada.

One billion records from the British Isles

We have a treasure chest of records from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland going back to 700. If you are a sleuth you may even find our record dating back to 850. This collection is being added to constantly with new additions being announced monthly.

Explore our extensive records from Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea.

Find ancestors you won't find on other sites

At findmypast, we partner with societies and provide superior indexing in order to give you the most accurate search results to simply find your ancestors. Our search filters narrow your results saving time and resulting in more find for your family tree.

If you are a society member who is interested in working with us, please see our societies page.

Payment Flexibility

With PayAsYouGo credits, you decide which records you want to purchase without the commitment. It's always free to search our site and see what records you need.

Once you decide to upgrade to a 1 month or 1 year subscription, you have unlimited access to all records in the package of your choosing.

Advanced family history research tools

You asked and we listed. Here at, we are devloping tools to our search and family tree, which you will make discovering your online family history easier than ever before.

Create, maintain and organize your online family tree for free using advanced tools while connect with a global, online community of family history experts.

Family search tips from the experts

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