FindMyPast – British & Irish Ancestry Records
Last year I joined the FindMyPast affiliate program. (If you’re not sure what that is, click here), but I’ve never promoted the program for one good reason: I hadn’t used it myself. And, unless I have personal knowledge of a program or service or product, I don’t review it.
But here’s what happened. Last week I was working on a genealogy research project for a client and I hit a dead end. I noticed in MyRoots software that there were hints on FindMyPast, so I decided to sign up for their 14-day free trial – just to see if it had any records to help me.
Surprisingly, the hint took me NOT to the UK but to 1744 Pennsylvania Birth and Baptism records. Honestly, I had no idea FindMyPast had ANY records in the U.S. What was also strange to me was that I couldn’t find those Birth and Baptism records on Ancestry. (Maybe I didn’t look hard enough?) In any case, I was thrilled to find the records as they got me back another generation.
So, with that success, can I recommend FindMyPast? Yes, with qualifications.
I am still in the 14-day free trial period and am working as quickly as I can through the FindMyPast hints in my RootsMagic database. Some have proven to be truly excellent, some not so much. But here’s the deal: – I haven’t yet started using the site for UK research, at which it apparently excels. So until then, I don’t know enough to speak about the UK records.
But I do, wholeheartedly, recommend signing up for the 14-day free trial. I’ve found quite a few records that are helpful, and once my trial is over I’ll sign up on a month-to-month basis just to give myself another month to work my way through records.
I hope this helps you in your decision-making. And if you already are a FindMyPast subscriber, please leave a comment with your thoughts.