Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Findmypast at RootsTech: new features and expert hints for tracing British and Irish ancestry

 I received this information from Findmypast today:


Findmypast offers new features and expert hints for tracing British and Irish ancestry at RootsTech

  • Virtual talks by Findmypast experts at RootsTech 2023 are unmissable for those digging into British and Irish ancestry
  • New Tree Search makes it easier than ever to progress research and uncover new connections and stories within 4.5 million member trees
  • Discover the most comprehensive collection of British and Irish records online – many of which you can’t find anywhere else
  • Plant the seeds of your tree today with a free trial, exclusively for new users
More than one in five Americans have British or Irish ancestry, so whether you’re at RootsTech to begin your research or dig deeper into your family stories, make sure to join Findmypast’s expert talks for insider tips on exploring their unrivalled collection of British and Irish records and Trees. With the new Tree Search, offering instant access to the UK’s richest tree network and an ever-expanding collection of over 14 billion digitised records and historical newspaper pages, you’ll find your British and Irish family stories right at your fingertips.

New features on the site make it easier than ever to trace your tree back to medieval ancestors in Britain and Ireland – and maybe even trace long lost cousins across the pond. With Tree Search, you’ll have access to a network of over 4.5m member trees, including nearly a third of all trees connecting to US nodes. Instantly discover new connections through more accurate hints and progress your research quicker than ever as you add major new branches and flood your tree with the events and stories of your ancestors’ lives. When you find an ancestor in common, the new user profile feature allows you to spark up a conversation with those members directly.

Plus, with Findmypast’s ever-expanding collection of over 14 billion digitised records and historical newspaper pages, your tree with be enriched with unique details about your past you won't find anywhere else. The site contains the most comprehensive collection of British and Irish records, including the largest online collection of both Irish and Catholic records in the world, so you can explore connections to England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and beyond. Travel and migration records track life-changing journeys across oceans, and military records mark the service and sacrifice of ancestors around the world. With access to over 50 million historical newspaper pages, you can discover the colourful stories behind the headlines that connect to each family member on your tree – and perhaps spot your ancestor right there in black and white. Findmypast is the only site that adds thousands of new records and newspapers every single week, so there’s always a new story to uncover to bring richness and detail to your ancestors’ lives.

Our experts will be offering virtual sessions during the RootsTech event to bring these features and records to life:

  • Tools to connect with Findmypast exclusive data – get to grips with the tools available on Findmypast to progress your research and dig deeper into your British and Irish roots with Head of Data Products, Chris Brake, including searching member trees, newspaper collections, and addresses.
  • Introducing the 1921 Census of England and Wales - Mary McKee, Head of Publishing Operations, will be offering tips to discover your not-so-distant ancestors from across the UK, Commonwealth, the US and beyond in the 1921 Census of England and Wales – available exclusively online at Findmypast.
  • Irish Family History is Easy! Seriously – those with Irish roots can get insights into simple research methods and useful records from Findmypast’s Irish history expert, Brian Donovan. Recordings of previous talks from Findmypast experts are also available on the event site, for those wishing to dig even deeper.
“We’re very excited that RootsTech is back in full force this year so that more people can progress their family history research,” says Tamsin Todd, CEO at Findmypast. “Every family story is unique, and at Findmypast our huge range of British and Irish records allows members to delve into their ancestors’ lives in more detail than ever before. And, with a free trial, you can try out the helpful features on the site and discover the friendly community of family history enthusiasts that make Findmypast so special before you commit.”

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Disclosure: I have a complimentary subscription to Findmypast, and have accepted meals and services from Findmypast, as a Findmypast Ambassador. This has not affected my objectivity relative to Findmypast and its products.

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