25 February 2016

Why I Use and Recommend FindMyPast

Updated 16 Sep 2019

I am a big fan of Findmypast for genealogy research. For records that are also on other sites, Findmypast's indexes and transcriptions are (in my experience) more accurate (and this is particularly obvious with British censuses). I also love the fact that Findmypast lets us sort the search results. Searches are free, so give it a try!

Findmypast includes an especially good collection of Queensland records, and I have also been using their British census records and parish registers for many years. Recently I made exciting discoveries in NSW will books 1800-1952 (which include information about many non-NSW people), passenger lists, Royal Household records, the 1939 Register, East India Company and civil service pensions, and non-conformist baptisms, marriages and burials. For example, UK outwards passenger lists showed that between one British census and the next, some of my families went to South Africa and Canada and then returned to England.

See the updated version of my article Why I Use and Recommend Findmypast, which highlights some of the most outstanding features of the site.



  1. I've also been most pleased to discover info on "Find My Past" Judy, that I've unable to find anywhere else. The most recent was the "re-marriage" of my Great Grandfather's first wife whom I'd despaired of ever tracking down. *Note to self... write a blog post on it Catherine :-) *

    1. I await your blog post with great interest, Catherine. I love hearing how family historians tracked down people who 'vanished'.


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