Written on: 26/01/2012 by ChrisPaton (1 review written)
FindmyPast.co.uk is one of the major sites for British based family history research, and possibly the easiest to navigate around. As a family historian based in Scotland I used to use the site predominantly to locate birth, marriage and death records information for those who had migrated to England. In recent years, however, it has become a massively useful resource for certain aspects of Scottish research also, notably for military records, passenger lists and census transcriptions. Many other collections of note are also on the way, not least of which the electoral records currently being digitised in conjunction with the British Library.
For those with English and Welsh connections, the site has also struck up many strategic partnerships with archives across the two countries, with many important collections appearing online - various Manchester records for example, and the forthcoming Welsh parish records.
The search screens are very user friendly and the digitised records images usually of an exceptionally high quality and easy to download. Records transcriptions are highly accurate also, and the source information - just as crucial as the records themselves - is usually excellent. It would be good to have more information on what the parish registers coverage is, however, for England and Wales.
The site has a useful facility to help you build an online family tree, though not one I use myself. It does not offer social networking options as yet, though the blurb in that section does state that in due course it will enable a public search facility.
The site's blog and social networking presence on Twitter and Facebook are very useful also. For research, the subscription costs are reasonable, and the pay-per-view option a way to selectively test the site before signing up - there is also a free 14 day trial period should you wish to dip your toes in further.
A highly recommended resource.
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