Findmypast Allowing Free Access to 1.9 Billion Genealogy Records

By Grace Dobush

How does four days of free access to 1.9-billion genealogy records sound?

Findmypast announced today that they would be making all birth, marriage, census and death records free to access, starting today and ending January 15th, 2017. A happy weekend for genealogists, indeed!

If you have Irish ancestry, you will want to check out their collection: their free records include over 10 million Irish Catholic Parish registers. Many of their parish records are not available anywhere else.

Also available are 703 million United States and Canadian Census records, 538 million UK BMDs, over 338 million United States and Canadian BMDs, 140 million United States marriage records and millions of other documents.

If you haven’t used Findmypast before, download our Findmypast Web Guide. This easy-to-use instant download will show you how to search and use Findmypast with step-by-step guides. It also includes handy shortcuts and details about major records you will want to check out.

In their official statement, Findmypast explained why they were allowing free access to the genealogy records: “By providing four days of free access to these essential records, Findmypast hopes to encourage fledgling genealogists to start building their family tree and discover at least one new ancestor through their records. Researchers will also be provided with daily getting started guides, expert insights and useful how-to blogs over the course of the free weekend.”

– Madge Maril, Associate Editor of Family Tree Magazine