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. Now with over 2 billion records for you to search, here’s why Findmypast is the best place to uncover your family’s history.

Exclusive family history records

  • The British newspaper collection

    The British newspaper collection

    Dating from 1710-1953, find stories about your ancestors in the world's largest collection of online local newspapers.

  • Crime, Prison and Punishment

    Crime, Prison and Punishment

    Discover the black sheep in your family's past with our Crime collection

  • Parish records

    Parish records

    Explore the UK's largest collection of parish baptism, marriage and burial records dating back to 1538

  • British Military records

    British Military records

    Find your family's heroes in the most comprehensive collection of British military records available online

  • Passenger lists

    Passenger lists

    Find your ancestors who travelled the globe with passenger lists and millions of other records from around the world

Findmypast Friday's

Findmypast Friday's

Finding your ancestors depends largely on what records are available - the more records made available for you to search, the more likely you'll discover a new ancestor. That's why every Friday, we promise to add new records to our already impressive collection. This means that you have new records to explore every weekend, and there is always the possibility of finding new ancestors in the latest records to be added to the site. And with our exclusive collections, you will find ancestors on Findmypast that you won't be able to find anywhere else.

Tree & Hints

Tree & Hints

You can build your family tree on Findmypast for free. Start with yourself and work backwards, adding any information you already know about your family. Then speak to your parents and grandparents to see what they can remember and add those details to your tree too. 

As you build your tree, Hints will start to sift through millions of birth, marriage and death records to help you fill in the gap. Hints will not only help you discover potential relatives in order to expand your tree, they can also ensure your tree is as accurate as possible. 

Start building your tree today and let Hints do the hard work for you.