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What’s in store for 2011?

Last year was a fantastic year for and we’d like to thank you for choosing to research your family tree with us.

Here’s a reminder of last year’s highlights and a preview of what’s in store for 2011 – it’s set to be a great year!

What’s planned for 2011 on

  • As other websites start the lengthy process of making the 1911 census available, you can enjoy access right now to the full and complete 1841-1911 census collection on We’ll also be adding the 1841-1901 Scottish censuses to this year to expand our collection even further
  • Unbeatable birth, marriage and death records. Once we fully name index our death records, overseas BMDs and BMDs at sea (in the next month or so), you’ll benefit from the most comprehensive online BMDs resource available. No other website makes finding BMDs quicker and easier
  • Millions more parish record updates, published in association with the Federation of Family History Societies. We will add thousands of new parish records to every month – ours is the most extensive parish records collection anywhere online. Look out for 3 million new Derbyshire parish records coming soon
  • We’ll make your searching easier: soon you’ll be able to effortlessly record your progress by saving records you’ve already viewed. We’re also making big improvements to our census searches
  • We’re redesigning our family tree to include lots of fantastic new features
  • We’ll launch exciting new records in association with The National Archives: Militia records, merchant seamen records and crime, courts and convicts records
  • Our hugely anticipated project with The British Library continues: digitising up to 40 million historic pages from the national newspaper collection. This is the most significant mass digitisation of newspapers ever in the UK
  • Welsh parish records from the Welsh archives which include images of original parish registers


Last year on…

  • Saw the launch of our fully name indexed birth and marriage records 1837-2005. Judging by the feedback we’ve received, this made finding your ancestors’ births and marriages much easier
  • We introduced our new subscription package: the Foundation package. This provides you with access to the crucial building blocks that will take your tree back to the Victorian times and beyond
  • Millions of new parish records were added, taking the total number of records in this growing collection to over 36 million
  • We made the Chelsea Pensioners British Army Service Records 1760-1913 available online for the first time, in association with The National Archives. This collection comprises over a million military records and it’s typical to find eight pages of detailed information for each soldier
  •, our sister website, was born. Access to over 50 million family and local history records for Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea, makes it the perfect place to find your Australasian ancestors
  • We reached over 2,000 fans on our Facebook page. Following us on Facebook is a great way to hear about all the latest developments first and take part in our regular competitions


Looking after our customers is really important to us – that’s why every time you renew your subscription we’ll give you 20% off. You won’t find this amazing loyalty discount anywhere else.

A big thank you to everyone who has joined us on our journey so far – we hope you’re as excited as we are about everything that’s planned for this year.

Paul Yates
Head of

Paul Yates, Head of

Paul Yates