Special collections

Special collections

Welcome to our special collections hub! This is your one stop shop for all of our featured record sets and dedicated pages that can help you to discover more about some of the most significant periods and events in history, all using our records and newspaper pages.

Why choose Findmypast?

Why choose Findmypast?

For over a decade Findmypast has been bringing the past to life for millions of members across the globe. With over 4 billion records and 11 million historic newspaper pages to explore, Findmypast is the best place to discover your family’s story.

Our election records

Our election records

What were your ancestors up to while Emmeline Pankhurst was on hunger strike, or Edith Garrud served the riot police a sound Front Snap Kick? Start discovering your family's political history today...

The 1939 Register

The 1939 Register

At the outbreak of war In September 1939 a massive administrative task was underway: the taking of the 1939 Register, one of the most important British documents of the twentieth century.

Suffragettes

Suffragettes

The Votes for Women campaign was hard fought and dearly won, thanks to the unfaltering efforts of some of the bravest - and most determined - women in our history. Were your ancestors among them?

Crime and Punishment Season

Crime and Punishment Season

In order to celebrate the release of millions of new crime, prisons an punishment records, we launched our Crime and Punishment season. A mixture of blogs, quizzes, games and fascinating historical facts, it offers the perfect opportunity to discover the jailbirds in your family tree

Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

It's our favourite time of year, as family history's finest TV show returns to our screens. On our dedicated Who Do You Think You Are? page, you'll be able to read updates as they happen on the UK show

World War I Records

World War I Records

We have one of the most comprehensive collections of World War I records anywhere online. A century on, explore them now to discover more about your military ancestors.

Waterloo 200

Waterloo 200

The Battle of Waterloo was one of the most decisive moments in modern history, and it's estimated that up to two million people are descended from someone who was there. Visit our Waterloo 200 for all the information you need to discover if you're one of them.

Irish Workhouses

Irish Workhouses

The workhouse has been referred to as the most feared and hated institution ever established in Ireland. Explore our exclusive workhouse records to discover more about one of the darkest periods in Ireland's history.

Jewish Family History

Jewish Family History

Do you have Jewish ancestry? Explore our census, naturalisation and travel records to discover more about the lives of your ancestors.

Prisoners of War

Prisoners of War

Discover the details of those taken prisoner and interred by the enemy with these exciting and exclusive records in association with The National Archives

National School Registers 1870 - 1914

National School Registers 1870 - 1914

The School Registers collection is an amazing amalgamation of records from the National School Admission Registers and Log Books, with details of pupils from over 1,500 schools.

The 1939 Register

The 1939 Register

In September 1939, the government took a National Register of the entire civil population of England and Wales. In 2015, for the first time, Findmypast in partnership with The National Archives are publishing the 1939 Register online, providing an unprecedented insight into a country on the verge of war.

Start Your Family Tree Week

Start Your Family Tree Week

Every year, we run Start Your Family Tree Week, where we publish daily hints, tips, and exclusive treats as well as great offers. Read all about our most recent Start Your Family Tree Week here.

Scottish Records on Findmypast

Scottish Records on Findmypast

Discover over 13 million vital Scottish records on Findmypast dating from 1561-1910, as well as historical Scottish newspapers, passenger lists, military and census records.

Discover your Irish ancestors today

Discover your Irish ancestors today

Every year, we host Irish Family History Day, a celebration of your Emerald Isle roots and heritage. With the largest collection of online Irish family history records in the world, Findmypast is the best place to explore your Irish ancestors' fascinating life stories.