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LAST UPDATED: February 11th, 2020
Findmypast.com was created in 2001 but the history of the company that created Findmypast.com goes back to 1965. Decades of work and research are what users have access to on Findmypast.com. The end result of everything that has been done to form Findmypast.com is over 2 billion records that can be used to help you as you create or do more research about your family tree.  

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The Good

  • Records
  • Newspaper collection
Findmypast.com, which recently acquired Mocavo.com, is one of the leading genealogist sites available for users today. With over 2 billion searchable records, Findmypast.com makes finding ancestors easy. Here are other highlights of Findmypast.com:
  • Over 2 billion records from around the world
  • Records spanning back to the 1200s
  • US censuses from as far back as 1790
  • Largest collection of Irish records anywhere online
  • US military records from the Revolutionary War up to World War II
  • British Army Records 1760 - 1915
  • Irish court records
  • Passenger lists of ships leaving the UK 1890-1960 to the U.S., Canada and Australia
  • Export tree to a GEDcom file
The newspaper collection at findmypast.com is very extensive. They have millions of newspaper pages that go as far back as 1710. Their U.S. and World newspapers cover 21 countries, all 50 states and Canada.
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The Bad

  • English-speaking countries
  • Message boards
  • DNA testing
The records at Findmypast.com are limited to English-speaking countries so if you have ancestors from non-English countries this website is not the best fit for you. Unlike other website Findmypast.com does not have any message boards. They have some very helpful articles for getting started and lots of other articles with helpful tips but users are not part of a collaborative community at findmypast.com like they are on other sites. DNA testing is a feature that is not included on Findmypast.com
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The Bottom Line

Findmypast.com is a great place to start your genealogy research. The ability to use an existing GEDCOM file or start you own from scratch is very convenient. However, the lack of user support apart from a FAQ section and articles makes doing research a little harder if you are inexperienced. The amount of records at Findmypast.com is a useful resource for any experienced researcher though.
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Kyle Gardner Provo, UT

Findmypast is a fantastic resource for anyone looking for their ancestors in Great Britain and Ireland. It has connected me with dozens or records containing information about my ancestors in northern Ireland. The only difficulty is that many of the resources are pictures of handwritten records, and the records need to be interpreted by the user. However, the records are extensive. Also, their services are free with a family search account.

2 years ago

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Hadley American Fork, UT

I use a lot of the census records on find my past. It is helpful because a lot of my ancestry is liked to the census records they carry. Other than that, I don't really use it.

2 years ago

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Rischelle Mikkelson American Fork, UT

This is a great site for searching all sorts of records. I have been able to find ancestors in their easy search engine. It is a nice complimentary site to the other genealogy sites I use.

2 years ago

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Coleen Daniels Myersville, MD

This is a great site for genealogy. It is pretty user friendly and has lots of records to sort through. It also works well with Familysearch.org.

3 years ago

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Jacob Shaner

This site has been good to confirm information. I am dissapointes that it doesn’t have more to distinguish itself from other genealogy sites. I have been able to use a free subscription through my church.

2 years ago

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Sandra Douglas Evanston, WY

Love this site. I have used it a lot. I have been able to find a lots of information.

1 year ago

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