A 'world subscription' to FindMyPast allows you to search records for Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, USA and Canada (including Irish newspapers and the British Newspaper Archive). In mid-2013 there were more than 1.8 billion records available, and that number is growing rapidly. In Aug 2013, for example, FindMyPast added ten new data sets (2 million records) for Australasia alone, plus many records for other areas.
Follow the links below to see (for each region) a full list of categories and all the record sets currently available within them, with descriptions of what each record set contains and what detailed information you can expect to find.
- Australia and New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- Canada (the Canadian collection is still in its infancy)
Searches are free. (HINT: Try entering a surname in the Keywords field. This finds entries in records that are searchable PDF files, such as digitised books and newspapers.) To see transcriptions or images of original records, you need to buy either pay-as-you-go credits or a subscription. There is a 10% loyalty discount for renewing a 12-month subscription.
I have been using FindMyPast's census records and parish registers for many years. Recently other data sets (including passenger lists and Royal Household records) have provided some exciting discoveries. I was surprised to find that two of my British families went overseas (one to South Africa, the other to Canada) for a short time - but were back in the UK for the next census!
Postscript, March 2014: In my 'Genealogy Leftovers' blog I have highlighted some recent improvements at FindMyPast.
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