Monday, 15 August 2011

FindmyPast website to evolve

The FindmyPast website ( is about to evolve. Over the next month the site will change the categories within which its records are currently managed. FindmyPast explains the new categories as follows:

Life events (births, marriages and deaths) - this will be very similar to the current BMD section and will continue to contain our millions of parish records

Census, land & surveys - as well as our best-in-class England & Wales censuses (including our complete 1911 census), this will include fabulous new records, including historical electoral rolls

Armed forces & conflict - our comprehensive military collections will live here

Education & work - with fantastic school and merchant marine records on the way, we need a new sub-category. You’ll also find some gems currently buried in the specialist section

Institutions & organisations - covering workhouses, hospitals and more, you’ll also find some fabulous new court records in future, as well as records that are sprinkled across other sections at the moment

Travel & migration - is very similar to our current migration section, but has some lovely new international records on the way

Living relatives & directories - this will give us room to expand the directories that we hold, way beyond the current living relatives directories

The full story behind the need for the re-organisation is available in a blog post by Ian Tester at


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