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Free access to UK records on Ancestry

I haven’t had time to do any research for a while now but I was excited to receive an email from Ancestry that I thought was worth sharing.

Are you from a long line of adventurers? Perhaps a recently discovered cousin is from a long line of minor royals? Now is the time to find out with FREE access to all UK and Ireland records.

Access to the records in the featured collections are free until 29 August 2016 at 23:59 BST. To view the records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address.

Happy searching!

Findmypast Announces Free Weekend 22-25 January 2016

I thought this might be of interest. Findmypast has announced that this weekend, they will be opening up their archives and giving unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. From 12pm on Friday, January 22nd to 12pm on Monday, January 25th (GMT), absolutely everyone will have access to Findmypast’s comprehensive collections of historical records and innovative research tools, including:

Millions of records you won’t find anywhere else, including fascinating WW2 Prisoner of War records, millions of England & Wales Crime records and the incredible British in India collection

The largest online collection of England & Wales Electoral registers, containing over 220 million names

Birth, marriage and death records dating back to the 18th century

The largest online collection of UK parish records, dating back to 1538

Historical newspapers from across the world, including nearly 13 million British newspaper dating all the way back to 1710

The most comprehensive collection of UK military records anywhere online

The largest collection of Irish family history records available online

Passenger lists for ships sailing to and from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA

An easy to use online family tree builder, which allows you to import and export your tree if you’ve built it elsewhere

Our Family Tree hints feature, which will suggest potential matches between the ancestors in your tree and records from our archives  

Family historians will also have free access to the millions of other records available to search on Findmypast. Access to the 1939 Register has not been included and pay as you go credits will be required in order to unlock household records.

You can find out more at Findmypast’s dedicated Free Weekend page.

Napoleonic Prisoner of War records

Today I’m sharing a press release from Findmypast which might be useful. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, Findmypast has released thousands of fascinating new Napoleonic Prisoner of War records in partnership with The National Archives.

Prisoners of War 1715-1945 Phase 2 – Napoleonic Wars

Comprising over 71,000 entries, the new Napoleonic Prisoner of War records have been released in partnership with The National Archives. The release marks the second phase of a landmark project to make 250 years of British Foreign Office, Colonial Office, Admiralty and Air Force papers relating to the internment of allied and foreign Prisoners of War available to search online. These records form part of the wider Prisoners of War 1715-1945 collection and contain not only the details of members of the armed forces, but also of captured civilians and merchant seamen of various nationalities.

The new Napoleonic additions record the details of Danish, French, Prussian and American prisoners captured by British Forces during the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812. They list the prisoner’s name, nationality, rank, service number and the conflict in which they were captured. They can also reveal exactly when and where they were captured, where they were held, and many include full physical descriptions detailing hair colour, eye colour, build, complexion and any distinguishable marks. Records were also kept of the provisions and the supplies received by POWs such as blankets, clothing, and beds etc. providing incredible insights into the experiences of a Napoleonic prisoner of war.

Each record includes a transcript and an image of the original handwritten document. The amount of information in each record can vary depending on the type of document and the amount of detail recorded at the time of the event.

Findmypast announces free weekend 6-9 March 2015

Findmypast announces they will be giving free access to all their historical records this weekend. That means that between midday on Friday, March 6th and midday on Monday, March 9th (GMT), absolutely everyone will have access to their comprehensive collections of historical records and innovative research tools, including:

·         Over 900 million census records from across the UK, USA and Ireland
·         Passenger lists for ships sailing to and from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA
·         Birth, marriage and death records dating back to the 18th century, and the largest online collection of UK parish records
·         The most comprehensive collection of UK military records anywhere online
·         The largest collection of Irish family history records available online
·         Historical newspapers from across the world, including more than 10 million British newspaper pages from as long ago as 1710
·         An easy to use online family tree builder which allows you to import and export your tree if you’ve built it elsewhere
·         Our automatic Hints feature, which automatically searches our records for you and suggests potential matches to the people you add to your family tree

As well as millions of other records that will give everyone the opportunity to explore their family history and bring their past to life.

Extended access for existing users

It’s not only new users who will be able to take their family history research further this weekend. Those with current Findmypast Local subscriptions (with an active Britain, Ireland, US & Canada or Australia & New Zealand subscription) will be able to access Findmypast’s historical World records during the free access weekend, and those with active World subscriptions will have an additional three days added on to their subscription.

Find out more at Findmypast’s dedicated Free Weekend page.

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Explore Findmypast’s billions of historical records for FREE this Remembrance Weekend

I thought the attached press release I received from Findmypast might be useful:

This Remembrance Weekend, we want to help everyone find their First World War ancestors and learn more about their family history.

So we’re delighted to announce that this Remembrance Weekend, we’ll be opening up our archives and giving unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. That means that between midday on Friday, November 7th and midday on Monday, November 10th (GMT), absolutely everyone will have access to all our historical records, including:

·         Millions of birth, marriage and death records
·         Census, land and substitute records from the US, UK, Ireland and Australia
·         Millions of newspaper pages from all over the world
·         Travel and migration records
·         Military records from all over the world, including World War 1 records

As well as millions of other records that will give everyone the opportunity to explore their family history and bring their past to life.

Live Broadcast

This Saturday 8th November, we will be hosting our first ever Live Broadcast. Featuring an expert panel including Findmypast’s Director of Family History, Joshua Taylor, military historian Paul Nixon, and Who Do You Think You Are?’s Lead Genealogist Laura Berry, the broadcast is designed to help everyone get further with their family history research.

The talks will cover a wide range of topics – from getting started to breaking down brick walls – and viewers can choose to watch the entire event, or tune in for specific presentations.

The Live Broadcast will be shown at 3pm (GMT) on Saturday 8th November. All of the presentations can also be watched on demand after the broadcast on the Remembrance Weekend section of our blog.

Live Family History Facebook Q&A

Directly after our Live Broadcast, we’ll also be hosting a live Q&A on family history researching on our global Facebook page with some of our speakers. Join us between 5.30 and 6.30pm (GMT) to join the discussion on how to get started or break down your family history brick walls.

You can submit your questions in advance to our Facebook wall, send them @Findmypast on Twitter using the hashtag #FMPLive, or join us live on Facebook on Saturday evening.

Follow @Findmypast on Twitter and use the hashtag #FMPLive to follow our event updates.