Archive for July, 2010

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June’s competition winner ›

21 July, 2010 by jessmoore

We’ve picked the winner of our June competition in which we asked you to tell us what year convict Michael Taylor arrived in New South Wales. We’ve picked our winner at random – congratulations go to Clive Pace from Leeds who correctly answered 1822. Clive wins a six month subscription to Your Family History magazine. Congratulations Clive! Thanks to all… Read more ›

Battle of Britain commemorative flight – 70 years on ›

21 July, 2010 by jessmoore

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain this year, the Battle of Britain Historical Society has organised a commemorative flight over the Battle of Britain area on 28 August 2010 and you could be a part of it. is sponsoring the flight, along with the John Lewis Partnership. British Airways have provided an Airbus A320 which… Read more ›

Who Do You Think You Are? – Bruce Forsyth’s ancestors in our census records ›

21 July, 2010 by jessmoore

Following Monday’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? which featured Bruce Forsyth, we’ve found his ancestors in the census records at We’re sure you found the programme as fascinating as we did – read on to see Bruce’s controversial great-grandfather in our census records. In the 1851 census you can see Bruce’s great-grandfather, Joseph Forsyth Johnson, with his mother and… Read more ›

Weird and wonderful discoveries in the fully indexed birth records ›

19 July, 2010 by jessmoore

Following the launch of our fully indexed birth records last week, we’ve uncovered some interesting finds within the records: 10 babies named Fish Fish were born between 1840 and 1883, bizarrely, all in Lancashire. The list even includes one Fish Fish Fish born in Blackburn in 1864: 340 Adolfs have been registered – with the last birth listed in the… Read more ›

New series of Who Do You Think You Are? ›

18 July, 2010 by Debra

Don’t miss the start of a brand new series of Who Do You Think You Are? on BBC1 at 9pm tomorrow (Monday 19 July). The first celebrity to have his tree researched by the programme’s experts is Bruce Forsyth. The research centres around Bruce’s great-grandfather, a prominent 19th century landscape gardener, who may have been a bigamist. Watch the programme… Read more ›

Over 40,000 new parish records now on ›

16 July, 2010 by jessmoore

We’ve been busy this week adding over 40,000 new parish baptism and burial records to New City of London Burial Index records We’ve just added 30,596 records for the Spa Fields Burial Ground from the City of London Burial Index to These records cover the period from March 1778 to March 1810 and takes’s coverage of this… Read more ›

Fully indexed birth records now on ›

15 July, 2010 by jessmoore

We’re very happy to announce that you can now search fully indexed birth records for 1837 to 2006 on Fully indexing the birth records involved rescanning 170 years of records and transcribing the quarter of a billion names within them. Over 1,000 people have worked on this two-year project. These records are now the easiest to search complete birth… Read more ›

Discover my Past’s facebook page ›

13 July, 2010 by Amy Sell

Read all about it – the lovely people at Discover my Past now have a facebook page! ‘Like’ them to hear when the latest issues of their magazines are out and to get sneaky previews of what will be featured.  

World Cup competition answers and winner revealed ›

13 July, 2010 by jessmoore

Thanks to all of you who entered our World Cup competition. As the tournament is over, it’s time to let you know the correct answers to the questions and reveal our winner! Question 1: What was the recorded occupation of William Matt, aged 36, living in Easthampstead, Berkshire in the 1911 census? Answer: Snob! Lots of you correctly added that… Read more ›

Future censuses under threat? ›

12 July, 2010 by Debra

You might have seen in the news over the weekend that the British government is considering abolishing the census after the next one in 2011. The government has said that they are looking at other ways of collecting the same sort of information. What do you think about this? Let us know your views.

Fully Indexed BMDs – Births coming soon ›

5 July, 2010 by Ian

As you may or may not know, 7 years ago findmypast was the first company in the world to put the England & Wales Birth, Marriage and Death records online. Astonishingly helpful as these records are in their current format, they can be hard to search as they are page-indexed rather than name-indexed, meaning that to find your ancestors, you… Read more ›

Wimbledon discoveries in our census records ›

2 July, 2010 by jessmoore

As the 2010 Wimbledon Championships head towards the closing stages, we’ve searched our census records from 1841 to 1911 to find some interesting tennis-themed entries. In the 1901 census, a male Venus Williams can be found working as a labourer in Hampshire. Venus’ parents were hawkers and lived in a tent/caravan along with Venus’ seven other siblings. Here you can… Read more ›