Get started with Findmypast

Get started with Findmypast

Now that you've started exploring your family’s story with Who Do You Think You Are?, why not take your journey a step further? Findmypast has millions of fascinating historical records dating back 1000 years to help you discover your family’s roots. You can store everything you learn about your ancestors in your personal family tree, including pictures and any interesting facts you uncover.

Why Choose Findmypast?


  • Start building your family tree straight away with our online family tree builder.
  • Explore millions of records and find details of your ancestors such as name, occupation, address and even physical descriptions.
  • Search the most comprehensive collection of online military records available online and learn about your ancestors' time in service.
  • Get access to the UK’s largest online collection of parish records dating back to the reign of Henry VIII.

Getting started on Findmypast

  • Census records

    Census records

    Our UK collections include census records from England, Wales and Scotland.

  • BMD records

    BMD records

    Find out where and when your ancestors were born, married and died in our easy-to-search BMD records.

  • Births & Baptisms

    Births & Baptisms

    Search the UK’s largest collection of parish records dating back to the reign of Henry VIII.

  • Migration records

    Migration records

    Passenger lists, passport applications and other travel records help you follow your ancestors around the world.

  • Military records

    Military records

    Our extensive military collection includes records from WWI, WWII and many other conflicts.

  • Newspaper records

    Newspaper records

    Read all about the world your ancestors knew in our historic newspaper collection.

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You can sign up for a Free Trial which lets you view a selection of the records for a fixed period so you can try before you buy: this requires a credit card. No payment is taken from your card until your Free Trial comes to an end: you can cancel your Free Trial at any time from the 'my account' area on the website. When you get to the end of your Free Trial, if you have not cancelled by the day before the expiry date, you will automatically become a subscriber to the package your Free Trial was based on, and we will then take your first subscription payment. In taking a free trial you agree to the terms and conditions of the Findmypast website.

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