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Findmypast Friday new releases

15 million travel records and brand new Private Messaging

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Niall Cullen
4 September 2020

We're stepping into September with two major new arrivals: passenger lists and Private Messaging.

Discover globetrotting relatives in brand new passenger lists and make new connections with our latest feature - Private Messaging. Here's what's new this Findmypast Friday.

We’ve added 15 million records to this colossal collection. Covering California, New York and Texas, they can reveal your relatives’ migration stories. Five new collections from the National Archives and Records Administration have been added to the record set:

  • Alien Arrivals at Eagle Pass, Texas, 1905-1953
  • Texas, Alien Arrivals by Airplane, 1944-1952
  • California, San Diego Passenger Lists, 1904-1952
  • California, San Diego Airplane Arrivals, 1929-1954
  • New York City, Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942

Our clever search tools allow you to filter by collection to focus your search on the area you're interested in.

Findmypast passenger lists

This entire collection now stands at 118 million records and is essential for uncovering details of your ancestors' journeys stateside. To see exactly what's available and the timeframes covered, check the list of sources.

An exciting new way to make connections is now live. With Private Messaging, you can contact other Findmypast members via tree-to-tree hints and start a conversation about your shared past.

Private Messaging on Findmypast

When you receive a tree-to-tree hint, you can send a message request to its owner to chat about common ancestors.

To initiate contact with someone through Private Messaging, you need to be on a Starter, Plus or Pro subscription or free trial on

Message other Findmypast members

When you receive a message, you'll see a small envelope when logged into the site. We'll also send you an email.

It's a way to reach out to fellow Findmypast members and talk family trees. Who knows, you may even make connections with new relatives?

Six new papers from England, Ireland and Belize have joined the site. Plus, nine more have grown with additional pages. Brand new to the collection are:

While we've added more pages to:

Findmypast Fridays live

Fridays Live August 4th

Join Alex at 4pm BST for this week's live Friday broadcast. Today we will be taking a look at passenger lists and what they can reveal, the 80th anniversary of The Blitz and what life was like for those who lived through it. QUESTION OF THE WEEK: has your family passed down any stories/memories of life on the home front?

Posted by Findmypast on Friday, September 4, 2020

Where will your past take you this weekend? Whatever your research reveals, we hope our latest records, newspapers and features help along the way. Use #FindmypastFeatured on social media to share your discoveries.