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Find your family history for free

Your family’s stories are too precious to lose. Find and preserve them by using our best tools and features for free, for 14 days.

Growing your family tree is easy with Findmypast

Our aim is to help you every step of the way as you build your tree. When you add someone to your tree, we'll provide you with hints for them - these will show records that we think might match that person based on what information you already have on them. Hints make searching much easier!

We also have a wealth of helpful articles and guides on our blog & YouTube channel and if you need a bit of extra help, the Findmypast Forum on Facebook and our dedicated customer service team in Dundee are there to answer your questions!

Findmypast has really enabled me to feel like I've connected with my ancestors.

"I've learned more than I ever thought was possible about the kind of lives they led and even who they were as people!"


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Which package is right for me?

If you're just starting your family tree, we recommend our "Plus" subscription . It gives you access to the 1939 Register & parish records, in addition to all of the British and Irish censuses and birth, marriage & death records, to help you uncover your family history.

You can choose which subscription length you prefer for after the end of your free trial - 1 month for flexibility, or 12 months for better value - and if you're not satisfied you can cancel at any point during your free trial.

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See how hints can help you grow your family tree

Frequently asked questions

Where do you get your historical records from?

We work with a range of partners to find records of interest to our customers including The National Archives, The Society of Genealogists, The British Library, The Family History Federation, FamilySearch, church parishes, regional archives and many more.

In 2015 we were the first organisation to digitise and make the 1939 Register available online after being selected by The National Archive as their preferred partner & we've since been selected by The National Archive again to be first to bring the 1921 Census to an online audience when it's released.

With more records digitised and released online each week exclusively by Findmypast, your subscription will gain you access to more and more information as time goes by.

What if I need a point in the right direction?

If you're new to genealogy it can sometimes be unclear where to turn next in your quest to uncover your family history. We aim to make it easier for you by providing help along the way and resources in case you get stuck.

We provide hints (the little number in an orange circle on your tree) to show you the most relevant records for that person based on the information you already have. These hints are for people who we think might be the same person as the one in your tree - you can review the hint, choose to add it or discard it, and choose what information to add to your tree from it.

The Findmypast blog features articles to help customers understand how to get the most out of our products, but if you've got a more specific problem and can't find the answer there we suggest taking a look at the Findmypast Forum, where our community of family historians might be able to give you a steer, or contact our Customer Support team, who are on hand to help out.

What support do you provide for customers?

We have a dedicated Customer Support team, based in Dundee. You can get in touch through the Contact form or Live Chat on our website, via email at or over the phone on +44 (0)20 3326 6300.

Our telephone support hours are 9am to 5.30pm (GMT) Monday to Friday and we do our very best to answer all calls and Live Chat as quickly as possible. We aim to respond to email or online contact form queries within 24 hours of receipt during our working hours.

Ask us anything – there’s no such thing as a silly question. We help hundreds of people a day with queries about membership, the website... even their own family history.

Why do I need to provide my card details for my free trial?

We take your card details so that you can continue to access all that your chosen Findmypast subscription offers at the end of your 14 day free trial.

Your card will only be charged if you decide to keep your membership at the end of the free trial period. You can opt out of the free trial at any time by going to the My Account link at the top of the website, then select the Personal Details option from the drop-down list. You then just scroll down to the 'Auto-renew my subscription' option, untick that box and click on the blue 'Update details' button.

We will then send a  confirmation email to your registered email address, confirming that your account details have been updated and you will see that your Auto Renew subscription has been set to 'No'.

What if I want to cancel my subscription?

You can cancel your subscription at any point during your free trial or afterwards by turning off auto-renew. If you cancel during your free trial, your account will revert to a free account at the end of the 14 day trial period. If you continue your subscription but later decide not to renew, then your account will revert to a free account at the end of your current subscription period.

If you have any questions about renewals & cancellations, you can contact our Customer Support team.

What can I access afterwards, if I cancel my Findmypast subscription?

When you cancel your Findmypast subscription, you'll still have a free account on the site.

With a free Findmypast account you can:

  • View and build your family tree - all of the people and details you’ve added to your tree are saved in your account when your subscription ends and you can continue to add to and edit it for free
  • Receive and view family tree hints - you’ll be able to view limited information about each hint, but a paid subscription is required to make the most of them
  • Search records and see a list of search results - searching is always free, but you mainly won't be able to view the records themselves without a paid subscription
  • Search and view our collection of free-to-view records

Once your Findmypast subscription ends, you’ll no longer have access to:

  • Most of our records - only free record sets will still be accessible
  • Records saved in ‘My records’ (unless you viewed records using PayAsYouGo credits)
  • Records attached to your family tree
  • Family tree hints - only limited information is available without a paid subscription

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