St Patrick’s Day freebies!!

St Patrick

Those with Irish ancestry will need to keep off the Guinness so that they have a clear head to make good use of the two St Patrick’s Day offers  made by FindMyPast & Origins ! is offering 50 free credits for use on their site. The code is STPATRICK which you put into the redeem coupon box. Thanks to Chris Paton for this news. is offering free access to their Irish Directories collection from 16 – 18 March.

Find My Past tv episodes now online

Find My Past genealogy tvDid you know that the episodes of the FindMyPast tv programmes are available online? I didn’t so I am assuming that some of you also had missed out on this news. The programmes are airing in the UK at the moment, but of course that is no good if you don’t live there or if you have missed an episode. will post on their website a link to each episode one week after it has aired. To view you need to register with FindMyPast and you have 30 days in which to watch the episode before it disappears. However if you are a subscriber to then you can watch the episodes from series one and two for an unlimited time.

I watched the Jack the Ripper episode yesterday and whilst it wasn’t big on the genealogy process or the how to it was entertaining and I enjoyed it. I’ll certainly be working my way through the other episodes.

More Surrey records on FindMyPast

St Marys Rotherhithe Church

FindMyPast has added more Surrey records to their Thames & Medway Collection. This time round it is the turn of St Mary’s Rotherhithe and St Paul’s Rotherhithe, the records are transcripts of baptisms 1850 – 1900 & marriages 1870 – 1885. The mother church for Rotherhithe is St Mary which has parish registers dating from 1555, St Paul’s was built as a Chapel of Ease in 1850. The baptisms entries state that the ceremonies took place at St Mary’s, but we are told that they actually took place at St Paul’s.

Sadly St Paul’s was demolished in 1955, but St Mary’s still remains. The church has a website with information on the history of parish. A link to the website is given below.

These transcripts have been provided to FindMyPast by Rob Cottrell.

Cheshire Wills & Probates 1711 – 1772

Find My Past Cheshire Collection

FindMyPast has added 8,163 new Chester wills & probate records to their Cheshire Collection. The time period covered is 1711 – 1772 and will be greeted with enthusiasm by those with ancestors who lived in this county.

What is the Cheshire Collection?

The original records that comprise the Cheshire Collection are housed at the Cheshire Archives and are a wide range of records that are essential data for those who are researching ancestors in the county of Cheshire.

What can I find in the Cheshire Collection?

The Cheshire Collection is made up of bishop’s transcripts, wills & probate documents, parish registers, electoral registers, marriage bonds & allegations, non-conformist records including Roman Catholic registers, land tax records and workhouse documents. There is so much more here than the usual offerings of baptism, marriage and burial registers.

Where can I find the Cheshire Collection?

FindMyPast has the above records either online or they will be online in the near future. If you live close to the Cheshire Archives in Chester then you can book a seat and use their facilities. The archive hold many more additional records than those scanned and put online by FindMyPast. GenealogyFind My Past has quietly put up their new worldwide web site which will allow access to all their records. The site is tagged as a Beta version and they are offering a reduced price subscription for a limited number of customers. This is presumably so that they can test the site and make sure everything is working 100% before they go live properly.

FindMyPast now has Irish, Australian and US records including the newly released 1940 census as well as their UK records and these will all be accessible with this one new subscription. This new move will bring them into competition with and it will be interesting to see how Ancestry reacts.

To take a look simply follow this link