Findmypast – Successful Search Strategies
Findmypast.com is one of the leading online sources of historical records for genealogists, with almost 2 billion fully indexed records. The collection includes the complete US censuses from 1790-1940, and is particularly strong on records from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia and New Zealand.
With several hundred distinct record sets, knowing how to get the best from the powerful search engine is the key to unlocking the many treasures contained within these collections.
Demonstrating worked examples of searches, you will be introduced to some of the highlights of findmypast, including the acclaimed ‘core’ records of the census, vital records and parish record collections, as well as exclusive content, such as the British Library’s newspaper archive, prison and court records, passenger lists, and military records – the colourful material that helps to bring your family history to life.
Elaine Collins is the Business Development Director and head of content acquisition for brightsolid online publishing, which operates findmypast.com in addition to other major international family history websites such as 1911census.co.uk and ScotlandsPeople. Collins joined findmypast in 2004, and was previously editor of Ancestors, the award-winning family history magazine published by The National Archives in the UK. She is president and past chairman of the Anglo-Italian Family History Society in the United Kingdom, and regularly appears as a genealogy expert for broadcast media and academic lectures. Collins is a graduate of University College London and was a postgraduate research fellow at University of Pennsylvania.