In Week 2 of our Crime & Punishment season we’re focusing on the second stage of the justice system: the trial, conviction and appeal process. We’ll be publishing fascinating new articles, from a discovery of 24 criminal ancestors in one family tree, to the life and times of the ‘Celebrity Hangmen’ of the Victorian period. We’ll be delving into the… Read more ›
Do you have master criminals or super sleuths in your family tree? We have millions of crime, prison and punishment records for you to explore, and we want you to get to know them – and your wayward ancestors! – better. In this video, expert in criminal family history Abigail Rieley takes you through the basics of researching the ne’er do wells… Read more ›
Just how murky is your past? Are there wrongdoers in your family tree? Perhaps you’re the descendant of legal eagles and lawmakers. Whether your family history contains vice or virtue, over the next four weeks, Findmypast’s Crime and Punishment month will give you the opportunity to find out more, with new records, blogs, articles and videos to help you research your criminal ancestry.
To celebrate the release of over 1.9 million new additions to our Crime and Punishment collection, we have been on the hunt for weird and wonderful instances of felonious behavior found within in our records and collection of historic British newspapers. The collection of over 3.2 million records is littered with bizarre and often humorous cases of unusual individuals who were brought before the various criminal… Read more ›
Over 308,000 new articles have been added to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers. Substantial additions have been made to Saunder’s News-Letter, a title that dates all the way back to 18th century Ireland and now contains nearly 950,000 fully searchable articles. The entire collection now covers over 175 years of Irish history (1748-1924) and contains over 9.1 million articles… Read more ›
In this week’s installment of Off The Record, we’re taking a look at a few of our World War 1 collections. Families were torn apart in 1914 as huge swathes of populations were pulled into a conflict the scale of which no-one could have foreseen. Trace your ancestors’ incredible journey, and discover their part in the war which changed the world.
Keeping it local In this edition of Off The Record we’re focusing on collections for specific counties, areas or states. These can be incredibly useful for researching local ancestors, and familiarising yourself with the area where they lived. Remember, this is just a sample of our wonderful local records. There are so many more to explore! Shropshire Baptisms Our Shropshire… Read more ›
We hope all our Findmypast First customers are enjoying their premium membership, and have had the chance to sample of all the exclusive benefits on offer. As ever, we have a host of new benefits available for you to take advantage of, and we’re also offering you the chance to have your say on what you’d like to see in future. Your… Read more ›
The Gallipoli Campaign took place on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey between 25 April 1915 and 9 January 1916, costing the lives of over 8,000 Australians. There were at least 96 pairs of brothers who served with the Australian Imperial Force and died at Gallipoli. Twenty-five pairs of brothers were actually killed on the same day, while another five pairs died… Read more ›
Who Do You Think You Are? Live, the biggest family history event in the world, kicked off in Birmingham last week. We had a fantastic show there, with wonderful lectures from our expert family historians, brilliant discoveries at the Findmypast stand, and the grand opening of the 1939 Tea Rooms! Scroll down for a taste of the action… Just minutes… Read more ›
…. celebrate responsibly: … And take advantage of the Easter bank holiday to browse our historic records!
“If-Christ-Had-Not-Died-for-Thee-Thou-Hads’t-Been-Damned”… The Weird and Wonderful Names of the English Puritans ›
The Puritans were a group of English Protestants who rose to prominence in the 16th and 17th centuries. After Henry VIII broke ties with the Catholic Church in 1534, many Protestants believed that the reforms made to the religious structure of England had not gone anywhere near far enough. Shortly after the accession of Elizabeth I in 1558, these Protestants… Read more ›