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Vastly improved overseas, at-sea and army births and marriages search

15 March, 2011

We have drastically improved your experience of searching our overseas, at-sea and armed forces birth and marriage records.

We’ve given these records the same treatment as our England and Wales birth and marriage records, so finding your ancestors will now be much quicker and simpler.

When you search these records, your results will be in a list of individual names. Previously, your results showed a list of pages and the first and last names that appeared on each page. Now when you search, you should be able to spot your ancestors in the list straight away. We do always advise that you check the original image before ordering any certificates, however, to ensure that all the details are correct.

Included in this fantastic new search are the following records – click each link to find out more information and to search the records:

As well as being able to easily find your ancestors in a list of individual names, here are some of the other ways that the new search features will benefit you:

  • You can now search for your ancestors who were born or married overseas across all years at once, rather than having to perform two separate searches for both date ranges
  • MarriageFinderTM will match up your ancestors marriages so you don’t have to – find out more about MarriageFinderTM
  • You can now perform a more detailed search. We’ve added extra searchable fields, such as region and mother’s maiden name, to make narrowing down your results much easier

This marks the latest stage in our project to make your birth, marriage and death records search as easy as possible. Our fully name indexed death records are coming soon and will make our birth, marriage and death records collection the easiest to search anywhere online.

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  • Rosemary

    I really appreciate the fully indexed births and marriages and I can’t wait for the deaths!!!

  • Chris Paton

    Brilliant! Hope you guys are able to slow down and catch a breath in between releases! lol

  • Jayne

    Excellent, but I still can’t find the births of either of my grandparents in Manchester.

  • Jayne

    Excellent, but I still can’t find the births of either of my great grandparents in Manchester.

  • Steve

    Job well done! I’ve now discovered the mysterious missing birth registration for one person in my tree – in Cyprus. And thanks to the overseas marriages I now know why I couldn’t find Kate Atcherley after the 1891 census: she married Abraham Hurwitz in Brussels sometime between 1891 and 1895! Checking the main marriage index and the 1911 census here at findmypast then revealed that Kate married again in London in 1910. “Kate’s fate: Kate Atcherley and her family’s story” is the subject of my latest blog post (which of course has several links back to

  • Audrey

    I was glad to get the link to Trinity House records recently, which enabled me to trace a petition from my 3 x great grandfather. I had always wondered why he had not taken in his orphaned granddaughter (my great grandmother). It turned out that he had had a seriously disabling accident at work by this time, and could not even support himself or his remaining immediate family. One small mystery solved!

  • Ruth

    I love Findmypast- much easier to search than Ancestry where you get too many hits and it takes forever to sort through them. Is there an “overseas” 1841 and 1851 census that you might add to your site? My Lewis Purnell was in the 54th Regt. of Foot and I can’t find him in England for those years.

  • http://www Melvin Touchstone

    Good explanation. I like to read it Marcy Lu