Why choose Findmypast?
For over a decade Findmypast has been bringing the past to life for millions of members across the globe. With over billions of historical records and newspaper pages to explore, Findmypast is the best place to discover your family’s story.
Over 8 billion records to explore
We have millions of records you won't find anywhere else, including the largest online collections of Irish records and UK parish records, and the most comprehensive archive of British military records online.
We're the only family history website dedicated to releasing thousands of new records every single week, at no additional cost to our users. Check out our Findmypast Fridays page for your weekly update.
Our collection of British and Irish newspapers is unique. Dating from the early 1700s right up to the present day, this vast historical archive can add contemporary colour to your research and reveal fascinating details about the world in which your ancestors lived.
Our Family Tree builder is free, easy to use and will even help you find your ancestors. Hints automatically searches the records on your behalf and recommends potential additions to your tree.
We reward our members with our Findmypast First scheme. 12-month subscribers receive exclusive offers, discounts, webinars, priority support and a say in the records we release next.
Findmypast is the official home of the 1939 Register, a crucial record set that bridges the census gap that exists between 1921-1951.
In amongst our collections are millions of records you won't find on any other website, meaning that choosing to explore your family history with Findmypast gives you the opportunity to make discoveries you couldn't make elsewhere
Introducing our feature-packed family tree builder
Our easy-to-use family tree builder is full of features to help you create a brilliant family tree, whether you're an absolute beginner or a seasoned genealogist.
Profile pages for each family member allow you to add records as well as photos, scans of certificates and even sound clips. Our Kinship Calculator will do the sums for you and let you know what relation to you your ancestors are, so you never have to wonder about the difference between fifth cousins and sixth cousins twice removed.
Our smart Hints feature searches the records on your behalf, suggesting potential matches in our records for the people on your tree. Simply start your tree and we'll do the hard work for you. With Hints, it's never been easier to build a fabulous family tree.
With Findmypast Fridays, we're the only family history company committed to adding thousands of new records every single week, at no additional cost to our users.
The British Newspaper collection
In association with The British Library, we're incredibly proud to bring you the British Newspaper Archive, a collection of over 11 million pages of historic newspapers spanning 245 years - all available for our members to explore at no additional cost.
The newspapers are a mixture of regional and national titles, covering 1710-1955. Thousands of extra pages are added every week, making our newspaper collection an invaluable ally in your family history research.
As well as giving wonderful insights into how some of the biggest events in history were reported at the time, our newspapers can also give you information about your ancestors with business notices, birth, marriage and death announcements and reportage of the members of your family tree who made headlines.
Explore our newspaper collection today for amazing insights into the worlds in which your ancestors lived.
To make sure you hit the ground running, we've put together a wealth of handy getting started and help content that can let you in on every family history tip and trick you may need. If you can't find what you're looking for, feel free to ask away on Facebook and Twitter!
Video guides to our records, features and more
How to get to grips with our handy Hints feature
Getting started with vital census records
A guide to the building blocks of your research
Once you've made a start, this is how to go further