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Free Records on FindMyPast – Do You Know Where They Are?

Free Records on FindMyPastFree Records on FindMyPast Most of the big genealogy companies have a number of databases that they make available for free. I wrote about the Free Ancestry databases some time ago – Click Here to read that post. And now it is FindMyPast’s turn. To start off you will need to register as a guest on the FindMyPast website. They will ask for all the usual details such as name, email address and password. They will also ask for your credit card details as each registered guest is offered 14 days free access to the website after which if you haven’t informed them otherwise they will take a year’s subscription out of your account. So if you don’t want to continue with a subscription make a note in your diary a couple of days before the end of your 14 day period and email them letting them know you don’t wish to subscribe.

From then onward you will be entered on the FindMyPast database as a registered guest, this will allow you to use the search facilities, but not be able to access any images, transcripts or indexes. You will be able to create an online family tree, but won’t be able to see any images etc of any hints that may be attached to the tree. However there are some records that you can access for free. Simply Click Here to access the free records after your free 14 day period has ended.

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Free Records on FindMyPastFree Records on FindMyPast –1881 Census for England, Scotland & Wales.

This census was transcribed by thousands of volunteers coordinated by the LDS Church. It was a massive undertaking, of which I played a small part and transcribed a reel of film. This transcription is what you will be able to access for free, if you want to see the actual image of the enumerators book then you will need a subscription. The transcript gives the following information.

  • Address
  • Name
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Marital status
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Year of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Occupation
  • Census reference details

Members of one family are grouped together so that you can easily see who was in the household.

Free Records on FindMyPastFree Records on FindMyPast – Roman Catholic Baptism for Ireland

Seven million Roman Catholic records records covering Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford. With this collection you can see the original registers as well as a transcript so you get to see a primary source – the image – and a secondary source – the transcript. Perfect! You will find some, but possibly not all of this information on the records.

  • Name
  • Birth date
  • Baptism date
  • Residence
  • Parish and diocese
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s name
  • Register type

Free Records on FindMyPastFree Records on FindMyPast – Oxfordshire Wills Index 1516 -1857

This collection offers a searchable index for free, but if you want to look at the actual will then you will have to buy a subscription. However the index is quite full and will give you the following information where it is given in the actual document. There is a link to a useful “List of Orginal Source Documents” on the right hand side of the search page.

  • Name
  • Occupation
  • Year of will be written
  • Where will was written
  • Document type – such as will, admon, bond etc.
  • Archive references for the original document

Free Records on FindMyPastFree Records on FindMyPast – Devon Wills Index 1163-1999

This collection offers a searchable index for free, but FindMyPast does not have the original documents. There is a very useful “Devon Wills Source List” a link to which can be found on the left hand side of the search page. You can expect to find on the index the following information.

  • Name
  • Occupation
  • Place of residence
  • Probate year
  • Document type – such as will, admon, bond etc.
  • Archive references for the original document

Free Records on FindMyPastFree Records on FindMyPast – British Army, De Ruvigny’s Roll Of Honour 1914-1918

De Ruvigny’s Roll Of Honour is a very important source of information regarding those who died in WW1. It is a detailed biography of over 26,000 soldiers of all ranks. The idea behind these volumes was to honour every serviceman who had died and in the early years of the war this seemed quite possible. However from 1916 onward it became obvious that the De Ruvigny’s Roll Of Honour’s ambitions were entirely unachievable. Therefore most of the entries date from 1914 – 1916 with a much smaller number dating from 1917 – 1918. Some 7,000 entries also have photographs of the serviceman concerned. It is only an index to this collection which is free, if you want to see the actual page within one of the five volumes then a subscription is needed.

However volumes 1 & 2 are available on the website Click here to access. Use the advanced search page putting using Roll Of Honour in the title box and De Ruvigny in the author box. I couldn’t find other volumes elsewhere on the internet which is a shame as they may be your only online source of a photograph of the individual and where records have not survived may be one of the few records giving details of the serviceman concerned. This may be one set of records that you should consider paying to access. FindMyPast does have pay to view vouchers which allow access to individual documents.

The following information can be expected to be found on the free FindMyPast Index.

  • Name
  • Year of birth
  • Year of death
  • Service number
  • Regiment
  • Volume number

The information you can expect to find in the volumes is

  • Name
  • Regiment
  • Place of death
  • Date of death
  • A photograph (7,000 of the 26,000 records include an image)
  • Where the family have been consulted, the records may also contain:
  • Parents’ names
  • Birth date and place
  • Details about life prior to the war – school, employment, family, etc.
  • Cause of death
  • Awarded medals

Free Records on FindMyPastFree Records on FindMyPast – USA Census 1900

The USA census of 1900 is regarded by many genealogists as the most valuable of all the census particularly as the 1890 census was destroyed by fire in 1921. It is also significant because the population increased by 25% between the taking of the 1890 census and the 1900 census. This collection is made up of indexed transcripts and digitized images of the original documents. The questions the US authorities asked of the residents were much more in-depth than the UK census. You can expect to find the following. Note that the Native American Population were asked additional questions.

  • Name
  • Soldier, sailor or marine during Civil War or the widow of one?
  • Relationship to head of family
  • Race, Sex, Age
  • Marital status
  • Mother of how many children and how many are living
  • Birth place and complete birthday (day, month, year)
  • Mother and father’s place of birth
  • Naturalized? What year?
  • Profession, trade or occupation?
  • Number of months employed or attended school in the past year
  • English speaking? What language if not?
  • Suffering from acute chronic disease? Name of disease and length of time?
  • Defective mind, sight, hearing or speech? Name of defect?
  • Prisoner, convict, homeless child or pauper?

Native American Population additional questions

  • Indian name
  • Tribe of this person
  • Mother and Father’s tribe(s)
  • Fraction of person’s lineage that is white
  • Is this person living in polygamy?
  • Is this person Taxed?
  • Has this person acquired American citizenship and allotted land from the federal government?
  • Is this person’s house movable or fixed?

Free Records on FindMyPast – Summary

You can see that there are quite a spread of free records available on FindMyPast. Obviously these have been chosen for a variety of reasons, but no doubt they are used as a taster of what the website offers if you take out a subscription. As regular readers will know I consider a subscription to FindMyPast and/or Ancestry essential to genealogical research, without at least one subscription it is a little like trying to play golf without the golf clubs! Having said that of course there is much online free of charge principally at FamilySearch, but the two big companies do offer indexed images of the original records online which FamilySearch for a number of reasons can not.

If you are considering buying a subscription you might want to read two of my blog posts both about choosing which subscription is right for you. Click on the links below.

Which website should I subscribe to ?

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