Dear Findmypast member,

This week, I’m thrilled to introduce our new Family Tree page (you will need to be logged out of Findmypast to see it). Designed to help new users get started quickly and easily on their family trees, this page is the first of many new changes intended to make the site easier to use for those just beginning their famiy history research, as well as new features dedicated to helping expert genealogists get even further.

We held our first Findmypast First webinar last week. We had a fantastic response, with hundreds of viewers and many questions. If you missed the webinar (or want to watch it again), you can follow the link on this page to register and watch. We’ll be doing more webinars in the future, so do let us know what you’d like us to cover. Many thanks to all of those who contributed questions.

We’ve released many new record sets over the past couple of weeks, including the World War One British Army Medal index card transcripts, a host of Irish Newspapers, the fascinating Charles I Court of Chancery Index, and the Somerset & Dorset Notes and Queries, exclusively available online at Findmypast. You can read more about these (and many more) diverse and intriguing new records sets on our dedicated Findmypast Fridays page. We have some really exciting record releases coming up over the next few weeks, so keep tuned!

Our blog has had a redesign, and we’ve launched new regular columns from guest writers and in-house experts, including Paul Nixon and Myko Clelland. This is a chance for the historians and genealogists at Findmypast to share hints and tips and their own personal discoveries, so I hope you find them useful and enjoyable to read (I’ve certainly learnt something very useful about buttons!).

On Wednesday we held our 2014 Findmypast Affiliate Day here in our London headquarters. It was a great opportunity to meet and thank our affiliates, who help share Findmypast with other family historians through their own networks. If you have a family history website and you’d like to become an affiliate and share in our success please visit our affiliates page.

As we bring some of our larger projects towards completion, and get ready to launch some exciting new campaigns, I’ll be reducing my bulletins to once a month. Of course, you can still email me directly at annelies@findmypast.co.uk or get in touch with our support team (support@findmypast.co.uk).

Very best,

Annelies Van Den Belt