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“No refund”

Written on: 23/08/2016 by Sandra1957 (1 review written)

Went on site and requested free trial but found that find my past took a payment from my bank that same day emailed them straight away but was told no refund. They must be desperate to take money when the free trial should have been given. I have never had this trouble with other sites… Read Full Review

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“Can only reopen record hints without re-searching”

Written on: 21/08/2016 by Marisah100 (1 review written)

The records available are extensive and I like the way it includes more detail than other sites on census records, but unless the records have appeared as hints I have not found an easy way to reopen those records so I can go over the information. There might be a way to do it, but if there is, it is nowhere near as user friendly as other systems. Overall, it is costly as I have only found it useful as a search tool and have to save/transfer information elsewhere, using it in combination with… Read Full Review

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“Found My Past”

Written on: 19/08/2016 by ZaidGreene20 (1 review written)

FindMyPast.co.uk has truly found my past. I have found so many documents containing information about my ancestors, and it is a special thrill when you find something with your ancestor's actual signature on it. The variety of the documents available and the speed in which they are retrieved is amazing. Just yesterday I was looking at a will from 1753 which gave a detailed list of what was to be passed along to a daughter - 4 feather beds, pewter dishes, oak table, etc. - it was fascinating… Read Full Review

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“Will recommend highly. ”

Written on: 04/07/2016 by Helloitsmi (1 review written)

I would recommend any one to give this site a go. I have found out a lot, and still searching. Have gone as far back to 1600,s. Have tried Ireland and Scotland still trying as no luck yet, never give up as you suddenly find what you are looking for, when stuck I tried a tip they posted and found a lot of branches to my tree, what else can I say except please give it a go… Read Full Review

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“My go to for my English ancestors!”

Written on: 07/06/2016 by rjhonn (1 review written)

I was recommended to Find My Past by Family Search, and use it frequently for any records I need for my English ancestors! I have found it easy to navigate and would recommend this site for your genealogy research… Read Full Review

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“Disappointed!”

Written on: 01/06/2016 by Johnstonoz303 (1 review written)

Found that the site didn't find out as much as I hoped.The searches didn't seem to lead to the right places. Having used another ancestry sit in the past I found find my past disappointing.l signed up for a half price 1 month trial only to find that it was automatically updated at the end of the month. It wasn't made clear that you have to unsubscribe and it was difficult to find the unsubscribe box!… Read Full Review

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“English Records”

Written on: 25/05/2016 by cuWillis155 (1 review written)

I have found FindMyPast to be very good for searching English records and have been able to obtain the occasional document that was not available on Ancestry. There is still a lot of information stashed away in obscure archive offices and when these are finally released, I'm sure that FindMyPast will become the best place to obtain them… Read Full Review

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“Been able to trace lots of family”

Written on: 11/05/2016 by WillDuncan484 (1 review written)

Despite knowing DOB's and other information, other services failed to acknowledge their existence. Within 48 hours of starting the 12 months free trial, I had managed to build the family tree fairly rapidly. A year on and I am still finding new relatives, the tree now has near 600 people on it. It is easy to use and a simple interface makes it easy to navigate and search. Only negative is that sometimes hints stay showing even though clicking on that person says there aren't clues. … Read Full Review

Starseed's Comment

Written on: 11/05/2016

I'm sorry to query this review but how can it fail to be value for money if it is free? Many of us who have paid full subscription for years would love to know how the reviewer received a 12 months free trial when all that is advertised is 14 days. I think that Find My Past will be receiving many requests for 12 months free trial when this review has been circulated.

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“Easy to use”

Written on: 01/05/2016 by CarlosDonahue99 (1 review written)

I spend hours on Find My Past and look at the FMP Friday email before I go to work! You may find the following hints handy if you are a starter - Always use the name variation box. If you are wanting to do a straight forward family tree start with the 1939 register and census years (1841-1911). The hints on the family tree part can get you mixed up so I don't use them. Middle names are really useful. Use the transcription as a signpost but make sure you open the original file. Even if the… Read Full Review

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“Join Find My Past, They are brilliant”

Written on: 27/04/2016 by Ruth2607Howard (1 review written)

I joined find my past in October of last year (2015) .In no time they had found my maternal Grandmother,s family dating back to 1753. This included my Great Uncle who served as a machine gunner in the First World War he was 14 when he joined up & like many others he lied about his age, when died from his wounds he was 17. I am very proud to be His Great Niece & thanks to Find My Past I know where he is memoralised I intend to go there very soon. I would urge anyone who is thinking of… Read Full Review

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“The best yet!”

Written on: 24/04/2016

I would say that though very much an amateur, I'm a seasoned user of genealogy sites and I've spent time with GenesReunited, Ancestry, and FindmyPast over the last five or six years. I'm completely self-taught and after a bit of experimentation, it's Find My Past that's worked best for me, primarily because I can download the original documents and save them to my harddrive (other sites don't necessarily permit this), which I simply cannot be without! I also find that FMP has the better… Read Full Review

Whatalotoffuss's Comment

Written on: 25/04/2016

I'm a bit concerned about this review as it gives the impression (in my opinion) that there are some things exclusive to Findmypast, when in fact they are also available on the other main site.

As far as Parish Records go, it's horses for courses. Findmypast has better records for Staffordshire - where Drayton Bassett is - than the other main site. Conversely, the other main site has much better records for Lancashire, Warwickshire, and West Yorkshire for example. Also their London records are very impressive and extensive.

However, you can go backwards and forwards (otherwise known as Browse) through the PRs on the other main site too, so this is not something exclusive to FMP.

You can also download documents from the other main site and save them to your own computer.

Family Search records are also available on the other main site. Family Search is a partner with FMP and uses their indexes in their free search, but direct people to a subscription service for the original images. The information is FMP's which it licences FS to use, not the other way around.

FYI, FMP can search up to +/-40 years - just click on the down arrow next to +/-2yrs and you get options for 0,1,2,5,10,20,40. Now this IS an improvement on the other main site, although FMP also used to do 3 and 4 which was even better - in my opinion.

FMP are also better value for UK records than the other main site, in my opinion, ie significantly cheaper.

There are pros and cons with both the FMP and other main site search. Both use fairly similar parameters, but their gazetteers are slightly different. (FMP can no longer do Wildcard searches on places of birth (apart from the 1911 Census) which is a huge loss and shows a lack of understanding on the information within records and how people search on their part.)

As a point of assistance, don't keep your family tree on any sort of subscription website. Use a standalone programme on your own computer as your main record. You can always upload the Gedcom to whichever site you want in order to take advantage of hints etc. You will only end up being held to ransom over your tree eventually - as many people now appear to be finding out from the other main site.

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Vixxiie's Comment

Written on: 25/04/2016

I haven't used the other site for 18 months or so, having moved to FMP then. I'm merely reporting my own personal experience. You may disagree, but my opinion is simply that - an opinion. I stand by my review. Maybe the other sites have changed since I last used them but when I was looking for a permanent home for my genealogy and trialing all the main ones, FMP was one of very few that permitted downloads.

I'm well aware Family Search licenses to FMP - and that is what I said. I use Family Search a lot, so it's helpful for me to be able to access FS records as part of my FMP subscription.

I had NO idea you can scroll down *past* the 5+/- years in search, though - thanks so much for pointing that out.

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Vixxiie's Comment

Written on: 25/04/2016

I haven't used the other site for 18 months or so, having moved to FMP then. I'm merely reporting my own personal experience. You may disagree, but my opinion is simply that - an opinion. I stand by my review. Maybe the other sites have changed since I last used them but when I was looking for a permanent home for my genealogy and trialing all the main ones, FMP was one of very few that permitted downloads.

I'm well aware Family Search licenses to FMP - and that is what I said. I use Family Search a lot, so it's helpful for me to be able to access FS records as part of my FMP subscription.

I had NO idea you can scroll down *past* the 5+/- years in search, though - thanks so much for pointing that out.

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★★★☆☆

“Good, but not perfect”

Written on: 14/04/2016 by Gabriellav316 (1 review written)

I've been working on my family tree for about 6 months now. Ancestry had a good system with lots of images of marriage certificates and census, but by using the transcription supplied with Find My Past, the systems working in unison is my present preference. I was looking forward to the 1939 register, but now, having experienced it, there are many names blocked out and because the family members that i am interested in died after 1991, and i'm unwilling to pay to get these unlocked, I find… Read Full Review

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“Value for money”

Written on: 14/04/2016 by Danielsvm17 (1 review written)

You can search as many records as you want for monthly fee. The hints for names are great and can help to get you on the right track… Read Full Review

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“Coming of age”

Written on: 13/04/2016 by Caseyxm98 (1 review written)

I joined Findmypast after talking to them at Rootstech 2015 and have been very happy with them. With their continually adding data I feel that they are certainly coming of age… Read Full Review

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“Terrific Genealogy resource”

Written on: 12/04/2016 by 458Flood (1 review written)

I would definitely recommend Find My Past...especially if you are researching UK genealogy. That is how I started, working on my husband's ancestors...but couldn't resist seeing what would come up on my own family, in US & Canada. Searches worked really well with good results shown. This is something I particularly don't like about Ancestry: either a bazillion results which have nothing to do with what limiters you entered, or no results… Read Full Review

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“Review”

Written on: 11/04/2016 by Ogleqi161 (1 review written)

Despite a lot of publicity there is not really anything different to a lot of similar sites. I think the site would appeal if they held records for a particular geographical area being researched… Read Full Review

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“a great site highly recommended”

Written on: 10/04/2016 by linbar (1 review written)

one of the best sites to use. I've hit a brick wall, with several people. but find my past have more records than the other sites around. o there's very little chance of getting stuck. and it's so easy to use… Read Full Review

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“1939 Register UK. ”

Written on: 10/04/2016 by Kilduff (1 review written)

I was astonished that none of my family came up in my searching for Known London addresses in this Register… Read Full Review

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“Updating Family Member History”

Written on: 10/04/2016 by Myers186 (1 review written)

I have a large tree on Ancestry and I had to find another family history system to provide me with additional family member history which was lacking in Ancestry. Also may I add at a cost which I could afford. THe info supplied on Find My Past especially with regard to Census details far surpasses that on Ancestry. I need Find My Past to especially update the history of my English ancestors not only with Census but also with the missing info on the spouses of my male English ancestors. Thanks… Read Full Review

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“Find My Past really works for me”

Written on: 08/04/2016 by welshbookworm (2 reviews written)

When I first became interested in family history a couple of years ago, I took advantage of free weekends on Ancestry and Genes Reunited, then took out a basic subscription to GR because my sisters had family trees on there and began to create my own tree. Then Find My Past offered a free weekend early in 2015 and I was so impressed by its ease of use and flexible family tree and individual profile structure that I took out a one-year worldwide subscription and transferred my existing family… Read Full Review

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