Findmypast Creates Brand New Collection for Tracing Immigrants from the British Isles

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

  • Vast new collection has been specially curated by Findmypast’s in-house experts
  • The new British and Irish Roots collection allows researchers to search a wide variety of records spanning more than 400 years of migration between the British Isles and North America, all in one place
  • All 95 million records within this unique resource are now available to search and will be free of charge for a limited period

Leading family history website, Findmypast, has announced the creation of a brand new resource that has been specifically designed to help U.S. researchers trace their family’s British and Irish heritage.

The British and Irish Roots Collection is a unique database consisting of more than 98 million assorted records that have been hand-picked from existing collections by Findmypast’s in-house experts.

This ground-breaking collection gives family historians the chance to trace their ancestors’ journeys across the Atlantic like never before by bringing together a wide range of record sets that list origin or place of birth as anywhere in Britain and Ireland. Millions of passenger lists, census records, naturalization applications and draft registrations, as well as birth, marriage, and death records spanning more than 400 years (1573 to 1990) of migration between the British Isles and North America can now be explored in one unified search, enabling North American family historians to trace the migration of ancestors from the Old World to the New through one simple search.

This is the first time such an expansive database has been curated in such a way. Now, exclusively with Findmypast, family historians can trace the origins of their transatlantic ancestors all in one place.

The journeys researchers can expect to find include:

      • Anyone leaving the UK or Ireland and emigrating to the US, Canada or the Caribbean
      • Anyone emigrating from Canada or the Caribbean to the US (this covers the large number of British and Irish immigrants who stopped temporarily in Canada and/or the Caribbean)
      • Anyone listed on any US or Canadian record with British or Irish origins, birthplace or parents

For example, if a US Military record mentions that a soldier was born in Wales, or if a US census return states that a household member was born in Athlone, Ireland, those records will be searchable through British and Irish Roots.

All records within this expansive collection will be free to search and explore for a limited period.

Findmypast is proud to be the essential online resource for British and Irish family historians, offering users access to more records from the British Isles than any other site.

About Findmypast

Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online family history. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Lives of the First World War, The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, amongst others.

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over eight billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research.

In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitized records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. Findmypast, in association with The National Archives, recently launched the 1939 Register, a record of 41 million lives on the eve of World War II.

4 Comments

Just for fun I checked four names of relatives who lived and died in the UK but are now recorded as having emigrated to North America because findmypast says so. So much for taking a holiday in Canada or the USA. It cuts both ways, I find American citizens emigrating to America because they came to England to see their relatives.

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Was excited and just tried it. Not one hit and I included a few sources I knew he was on, having found them earlier myself. Something s not right.

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I checked a family for whom I have lots of primary data. Found MANY transcription errors — in particular, Country of Origin.

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Can’t seem to access it, and when I do, no hits, though this ancestor is well-documented.

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