Saturday, 25 January 2014

New version of FindmyPast site coming soon

FindmyPast ( has announced that a new version of the site is coming soon. Here's the announcement:

The new findmypast is coming soon...

We wanted to let you know about some changes that will be happening on findmypast and how they will affect you. There will be fresh features including a new and improved family tree, easier ways to search the records and new ways to bring each of your ancestors profiles to life.

You will start to notice some changes over the next few weeks and we will continue to make improvements in the coming months. We will be on hand to offer any help you might need at every stage. You can find out more about the changes we are making and why on our Learn More page. 

(Learn More is accessible at

COMMENT: I really hope the new search system isn't a move to the same system being utilised by and the other non-UK platforms, because that is one of the most tedious systems ever invented - all that filtering makes some searches take forever to achieve the desired outcome, you spend half the search time ticking boxes. Here's hoping FindmyPast UK has seen how tedious that is and has decided to improve it, rather than just adopt it. Here's the blurb describing what they are intending to produce:

We have made some changes to the way you search the records that gives you far more control and should help deliver even more accurate results. These changes will allow you to search across selected categories of records (for example Census records and Military records at the same time) and filter based on keywords, records sets and country. You'll be able to search all censuses at once for the first time too.

One apparent benefit being proclaimed is that the site will release new records 'every month'.


My latest genealogy books are Tracing Your Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, and Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet. My next Pharos course is Scottish Research Online, which commences Feb 27th 2014, 5 weeks, price £45.99.

1 comment:

  1. It will be interesting to see what the changes are, though personally I quite like the way we search Australian records. However a lot of people don't understand how to search the two completely different types of records - indexed data and OCR/digitised records.