Findmypast Celebrates 4th of July with Free Access to More Than 1 Billion Records

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast. Please note that the special offer is for a huge week of free records starting tomorrow (June 29). It won’t work today:

  • findmypast_logoFrom June 29th until July 6th 2016, over 1 billion UK, US and Irish records will be completely free to search and explore on Findmypast
  • This includes all 118 million “Travel and Migration” records, 116 million US marriages, and all UK, Irish and US censuses
  • Over 7 million new US Naturalisation records and over 1.7 million US Passport Applications have also been released, marking the first phase of two brand new collections ideal for uncovering early immigrant ancestors

Salt Lake City, Utah, June 27th 2016
Leading family history website, Findmypast, has just announced that they will be granting 8 days of free access to over 1 billion records as part of a new campaign designed to help US family historians learn more about their family’s path to red white and blue. This will include free access to their entire collection of Travel and Migration records, all US, UK and Irish censuses and all US marriage records.

The campaign has been launched to coincide with this year’s 4th of July celebrations and will provide customers with exciting new opportunities to uncover the pioneering immigrant ancestors who started their family’s American story.

Researchers will be provided with daily getting started guides, expert insights and useful how to videos designed to help them trace their family’s roots back to their earliest American ancestors and beyond. A special webinar will be hosted by expert genealogist, Jen Baldwin, at 11:00 MDT, July 1st, in which she will be sharing essential tips and tricks for getting the most out of Naturalisation records.

The campaign also coincides with the release of two new record sets that will prove incredibly useful to those looking to explore their family’s pre-American roots. Over 2 million US Passport Applications & Indexes (1795-1925), and over 7 million US Naturalisation Petitions have just been released in the initial phases of two brand new collections that will allow family historians to learn more about the first members of their family to become US citizens.

Over 1.1 billion records will be free to search and explore on Findmypast from June 29th until July 6th 2016. This will include free access to:

  • Over 106,000 US passenger list records
  • Over 116,000,000 US marriage records
  • Over 690,000,000 US & Canada census records
  • Over 265,000,000 UK & Irish census records
  • Over 10 million new and existing Naturalisation records
  • Over 1.7 million brand new US Passport applications
  • Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960
  • Over 827,000 convict transportation records

This vast collection of travel and migration records coupled with unique UK, Irish and US data, makes Findmypast the best place for tracing ancestors back across the Atlantic and uncovering their English, Welsh, Irish or Scottish roots. Findmypast is home to more than 78 million exclusive UK parish baptisms, banns, marriages and burials, the largest collection of Irish records available online (totalling more than 110 million), and over 100 million United States marriages including millions of records that can’t be found anywhere else online.

Ben Bennet, EVP of International business at Findmypast, said: “As we come together to celebrate the birth of our nation, it’s also a great time to discover and celebrate our ancestors who came here from lands far and near. Whether your ancestors walked through the hallowed halls of Ellis Island or arrived in one of the country’s other ports, Findmypast’s vast collection of records and resources can help you discover your family’s path to red, white and blue.”

James Tanner of Genealogy Star said:Findmypast.com has proved to be an invaluable aid in connecting with my English ancestors. Not only are the collections helpful, but the searches have database features that help in more easily identifying ancestors with common names. The more I use the program, the more indispensable it becomes.”

26 Comments

>>A special webinar will be hosted by expert genealogist, Jen Baldwin, at 11:00 MDT, July 1st, in which she will be sharing essential tips and tricks for getting the most out of Naturalisation records.<<
Interesting. When signing up or the webinar, the time is listed on the FMP website as – 06:00 PM British Summer Time which makes NO sense at all. 06:00 means morning but adding the PM is rather odd and very confusing as time isn't done that way.
Can you find out what the time really is?

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    06:00 PM British Summer Time is the same as 1 PM Eastern (US) Daylight Savings Time.

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    Where do I go to sign up for this webinar? Thank you.

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    Looks like a simple mistake confusing the way 12 and 24 hour clocks are shown, so either 6pm (6.00 pm according to preference) or 18.00 (hours). I tend to prefer the 24 hour clock to avoid problems. The purest form would have am/pm as a.m/p.m.

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    You are so right. Maybe they just don’t know about the different clock times – everything is out of order in Britain just now! I found a good time change site and figure I’m going to be watching at 10:00 a.m.!

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Why am I not able to search the records? Every time I try to search, I am redirected to a subscription page. Is the free search only for new registrants?

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    As mentioned in the above article, “Please note that the special offer is for a huge week of free records starting tomorrow (June 29). It won’t work today.”

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It’s 11.40am in UK on 29th June 2016 and yet I cannot access the records – it keeps redirecting me to subscription page?

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It’s 9:30 am EST and cannot access the records – wants me to start a subscription.

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Was having the same problem, unable to search without a paid subscription so I did a “live chat” with a rep and was told its only military records that are free this week. Very misleading and disappointing!

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    The announcement disagrees with the live chat rep. The announcement states:

    Over 1.1 billion records will be free to search and explore on Findmypast from June 29th until July 6th 2016. This will include free access to:

    Over 106,000 US passenger list records
    Over 116,000,000 US marriage records
    Over 690,000,000 US & Canada census records
    Over 265,000,000 UK & Irish census records
    Over 10 million new and existing Naturalisation records
    Over 1.7 million brand new US Passport applications
    Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960
    Over 827,000 convict transportation records

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Please, the holiday is Independence Day, not July the 4th. I wish people would refer to it properly.

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It is 6:11P.M. Phoenix, Az,USA Wednesday June 29,2016. I can not view “free” records! What am I missing? It directs me to the subscription page.

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Appears to me the “search” is free at FindMyPast, BUT if you want to look at the actual record the “search” returned you have to subscribe or buy some credits. Is that what everyone is experiencing? Please respond. Thanks.

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Where did you get this article? I’m only finding the free military offer. Everything else requires payment.

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    —> Where did you get this article?

    As stated in the first sentence of the article, “The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast.”

    The folks at Findmypast sent it to me in email. I then copied and pasted their announcement into this newsletter without making any changes.

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Free records not happening for me either….it’s now the 1st July..(Aus)

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I just tried this at 11 am on July 1, 2016. The free records do not exist.

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I have not had any success with the free records either. Saturday July 2nd

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Not free for me either. It’s 2 July, 4 pm. Another come-on.

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I have had spotty success with the free records. Sometimes it gives me the actual record and other times I get the subscription page. I have just been taking whatever help I can get…which has been good overall.

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Not free.

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Cousin from Canada couldn’t get in either – message was “US only” when she tried to subscribe. Dates offered covered July 1 – Canada Day – as well. Anyway, many of us have ancestors scattered across the globe. Why restrict where the hands are on the computer when researching?

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