Free FMP records over Remembrance weekend – and a bonus from Ancestry (a Shoestring Genealogist post)

Great news from Findmypast – all their historical records are free to access over the Remembrance weekend. And there will be live broadcasts on Saturday afternoon (all times GMT/UTC). The Shoestring Genealogist is looking forward to investigating their records from all over the world.

FMP’s press release says:

We’re delighted to announce that this Remembrance Weekend, we’ll be opening up our archives and giving unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. That means that between midday on Friday, November 7th and midday on Monday, November 10th (GMT), absolutely everyone will have access to all our historical records, including:

  • Millions of birth, marriage and death records
  • Census, land and substitute records from the US, UK, Ireland and Australia
  • Millions of newspaper pages from all over the world
  • Travel and migration records
  • Military records from all over the world, including World War 1 records

It’s not only new users who will be able to take their family history research further this weekend. Those with current Findmypast Local subscriptions (with an active Britain, Ireland, US & Canada or Australia & New Zealand subscription) will be able to access all our historical World records during the free access weekend. Those with active World subscriptions will have an additional three days added on to their subscription.

Find out more at our dedicated Free Weekend page.

I’m not sure what the difference will be for those who have a subscription. But this is a great freebie, so who’s complaining?

Genealogy talks

There’s also an interesting programme of genealogy talks on Saturday afternoon:

  • 3.00pm:  Joshua Taylor, Director Family History, Findmypast:Welcome
  • 3.02pm:  Amy Sell, Family Historian, Findmypast: Getting Started
  • 3.20pm:  Myko Clelland, Family Historian, Findmypast: Top Tips for Researching Your Family History
  • 3.40pm:  Amy Sell:  What the Censuses Tell Us
  • 4.00pm:  Laura Berry, Lead Genealogist, BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?: Exploring British Newspapers
  • 4.20pm:  Paul Nixon, Military Expert, Findmypast:  Discover Your Ancestors in the Military Records
  • 4.40pm:  Brian Donovan, Director, Findmypast Ireland:  Tracing Your Irish Ancestors
  • 5.00pm:  Joshua TaylorDiscover Your Ancestors in International Records
  • 5.20pm:  Joshua TaylorClosing remarks

And immediately after, until 6.30pm, FMP will host a live Q&A session on their global Facebook page.

There are full details and terms & conditions on FMP’s Free Weekend page.

I’d thought that I had no ancestors who served in the First World War until I started exploring the unindexed nooks and crannies of Ancestry. It seems that my great uncle Thomas Davies Lloyd, a mariner, was involved throughout. He survived, but died of fever, tragically young, in Singapore in 1926. Maybe I’ll find out more, or another relative, this weekend.

‘Cousin’ Frank by Al Ravenna

I might even look at the connection between my Lloyds and Frank Lloyd Wright, inspired by GeniAus GEMs and Eliot Ball’s Wikipedia ancestor challenge.

Is the family story about him being a cousin true?

Will you be looking for anyone special this weekend?

PS: Jill at GeniAus has reminded me that if you already have a World subscription you won’t lose out – your sub will be extended by three days. Good idea, FMP!


And that’s not all – is offering free access to

more than 22 million UK military records, and millions more worldwide, from the U.S., New Zealand, and Canada. Discover the soldiers in your past by searching the largest online collection of WWI records, until 11 November.

Here’s the link. Happy searching!

About rebelhand

A Rebel Hand is: about Nicholas Delaney, Irish rebel of 1798, transported as a convict to New South Wales, roadbuilder, innkeeper and farmer. My great-great-great grandfather. Other ancestors transported to Australia, like Sarah Marshall, John Simpson and James Thomas Richards, pop up as well. This blog's also about the historical background to their lives, in England, Ireland, and Australia. My respectable Welsh ancestors sometimes get a look in.
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