Findmypast.com Review

 

Classification: Records of BMD and Census
Country: UK Registration: Yes
Subscription: Yes
Readability: 5
Updated: Regularly (Mostly Census Updates as they roll them all out)
Content and Navigtion: Good userbility

Findmypast

findmypast.com

Formerly known as 1837 Online, this site is still great news for genealogists as it has become an essential for anyone tracing their family history. Why? Because from this site you can dowload and pay for civil registration records without visiting a library or a register office.

Most recently, the entire 1861 census for England and Wales has been made available online. Visitors can find out where people like Charles Dickens, Florence Nightingale and William Gladstone were living. findmypast.com has added new and advanced search facilities. The records for England are now complete and all the original images are online.

Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1837. Naturally record keeping was a little haphazard to begin with and records were gradually recorded in typewriting which is far easier to read.

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This site provides a record of all the BMD indexes in England and Wales since 1837 and up to 2002. Records for British nationals overseas from 1761 to 1994 may also be found here, especially useful for those tracing ancestors in the military who died in the two world wars. These records include regimental registers and returns from army chaplains. This is a pay per view site and the charge goes down according the number of images you wish to view.

In addition findmypast.com provides a good section on resources and guidance as well as news of events and genealogy fairs to visit. A truly impressive resource.

 

Score - Findmypast scores 6/10

 

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