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Behind the records – keeping up with the Joneses ›

27 June, 2013

In the first of a new series of blog postings, findmypast.co.uk’s very own marketing executive, Myko Clelland, will explore a little more of the history behind certain records and give you a helping hand when it comes to deciphering what you find within… Findmypast.co.uk has published the news that it has added another 1.2 million Welsh parish records today. The… Read more ›

Famous family trees: Clare Balding ›

10 June, 2013

Welcome to the latest blog in our ‘famous family trees’ series. In this blog series, experienced family historian, Roy Stockdill, investigates the family histories of the famous, both living and dead. Clare Balding is the subject of Roy’s powers of deduction this month. CLARE BALDING, according to some press pundits, has joined that elite band of celebrities who are known… Read more ›

Famous family trees: Michael Kitchen ›

9 May, 2013

Welcome to the latest blog in our ‘famous family trees’ series. In this blog series, experienced family historian, Roy Stockdill, investigates the family histories of the famous, both living and dead. On-screen detective Michael Kitchen is the subject of Roy’s powers of deduction this month. Ask 100 people to name their favourite TV detective and I would wager a bet… Read more ›

Millions of East Kent parish records now searchable ›

27 March, 2013

We’ve added new parish records to our Canterbury Collection, bringing the total to over 2 million. The records date as far back as 1538 and provide rich details for family historians. The  Canterbury Collection of records on findmypast.co.uk now includes the following: Baptisms: 902,849 records –  see a list of parishes and dates covered (PDF) Banns: 110,576 records –  see… Read more ›

Ask the expert – rare last name ›

25 September, 2012

Our resident expert Stephen Rigden, pictured below, answers your queries. From Mike Harnett: ‘My grandfather was born as Frederick Edward Foreacre in 1866/7 in Greenwich. His birth was not registered but he was adopted/taken on/raised by Susannah Harnett. Frederick married as Frederick Harnett to Sarah Annie Elizabeth Boult in1889. My question is: would he have had to produce evidence of… Read more ›

Love knows no age in the Cheshire parish records ›

3 April, 2012

How old were your ancestors when they got married? Chances are they were probably in their twenties. While this was very much the norm, a couple of rather unusual marriages in the parish records from our Cheshire collection prove that people continued to marry much later in life. Daniel Broadbent married Martha Cheetham in Mottram-in-Longendale on 9 March 1780. You… Read more ›

The father of low-carb diets in our parish records ›

30 March, 2012

We’ve just spotted a bit of a character in the Westminster parish records that were published earlier this week and thought we’d share his story with you. The record below details the baptism of William Banting, son of Thomas and Ann, on 11 December 1796 at St Martin in the Fields. William Banting grew up to become the father of… Read more ›

New Cheshire parish burial records published ›

19 January, 2012

Search 3,749 new Cheshire parish burial records on findmypast.co.uk These records could provide essential new information for those of you with Cheshire ancestors. Further details are as follows: Type of records: Burials Number of records: 3,749 Date range: 1800-2002 Parish / place: Appleton The Cheshire Family History Society provided findmypast.co.uk with these records, in association with the Federation of Family… Read more ›

Search 18,000 new Thames and Medway records ›

30 August, 2011

If you have Thames and Medway ancestors in your family tree, you’ll be pleased to know that we have just published 18,219 new Thames and Medway baptism, marriage and burial records on findmypast.co.uk Local specialist Rob Cottrell provided findmypast.co.uk with these records. This release represents the latest update to our Thames-side and Medway records collection. See the table below for… Read more ›

Thousands of new Gwent parish records published ›

24 August, 2011

You can now search 79,842 new parish records for Gwent on findmypast.co.uk The records cover the period 1634 to 1933 – a vast time span in which to search for your ancestors. The Gwent Family History Society provided us with these records, in association with the Federation of Family History Societies Read on for the details of this exciting release:… Read more ›

Yorkshire Day: the unknown Brontë sisters ›

1 August, 2011

We’re continuing to mark Yorkshire Day today at findmypast.co.uk and have found something rather poignant in our parish records collection. The Brontë sisters, authors of the novels Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, all hailed from West Yorkshire. The sisters’ fame stems from the fact that all three were gifted with the ability to write imaginatively,… Read more ›