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This weekend we are making billions of world records FREE to explore. From 12:00pm on Friday 22nd to 12:00pm on Monday 25th January 2016 dive into the newspaper archive, birth, marriage and death records, crime collections, and so much more.
We have over 3 million crime records covering the entire justice system, so you can play detective on your ancestors, from accusation, to conviction, to sentencing.
Find your family in the papers - Explore local papers from all over the country dating back over two centuries, plus scans of the Daily Mirror spanning the turbulent years of World War 2.
Discover the church where your ancestors said 'I do', the date that they welcomed their first child into the world, and the place where they were laid to rest in this vital record collection.
Building your family tree is much easier than you might think. It all starts with you, so you just need a few basic details to get going, and then you can add photos and records for the rest of your family as you discover more.
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There are so many records to explore, it can be tricky to decide where to start. Our whistle-stop guide to searching the collections on Findmypast will set you on the right track as you get going with your family tree.
Our users have already made so many incredible discoveries in the records. Sometimes just a newspaper cutting is enough to set you on the trail to discovering that your ancestor was either a local hero or a notorious villain. Just a few of the bizarre offences uncovered so far in our records include an “unnatural crime on a donkey” committed by 19-year-old William Ewer in June 1847, the “malicious” destruction of nine trees in Middlesex by one Charles Williams in 1826 (goaded by a drunk friend, apparently), and the peculiar snipping of horse tails by Richard Ayres of Surrey. Are your family that odd? It's easy to find out! "Findmypast is the best site I have found for looking up UK records, and by far the most user-friendly. I have been using it for some years now and find more and more records every week with new records coming online all the time. Thanks very much for a fantastic job," says keen explorer Ian Cooksey.
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Not all records are included in the free access. Access to the 1939 register will not been included and pay as you go credits will be required in order to unlock 1939 household records.
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