Findmypast for Public Libraries

Over 4 billion fully searchable records from across the globe, including exclusive access to the 1939 Register and the largest collection of Irish records available online...

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Available to UK Public Libraries through JCS, and also to Schools worldwide and UK Higher Education Institutions.

Findmypast is a searchable online archive of over 4 billion records - everything from parish and school records to censuses and from migration records to military collections - and subscriptions now include exclusive access to the 1939 Register for the first time.

Findmypast has digitised family history records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States.

Most recently, in partnership with the National Archives, it has digitised the 1939 Register which recorded 41 million lives on the eve of the outbreak of World War II.

NEW! 10 million records from Irish Catholic Parish Registers have also just been made available which means that Findmypast now offers the largest collection of Irish records online.

Findmypast is also working in partnership with the British Library on an important project to safeguard the future of the world’s greatest newspaper archive. The result is the British Newspaper Archive, another fantastic resource for Public Libraries which is also available through JCS.

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About the 1939 Register
The 1939 Register is one of the most important British documents of the 20th century. It is the only surviving overview of the civil population of England and Wales spanning the period 1921-1951 because the 1931 census was destroyed during an air raid on London, and the 1941 census was never taken.

Consisting of 7,000 volumes containing over 1,200,000 pages, the 1939 Register lists the names, addresses, marital statuses, occupations and more of over 41 million people in Great Britain and Northern Ireland on National Registration Day on 29th September 1939.

Find out more about the 1939 Register and how to get started...

  • Read about the making of the online 1939 Register here, and watch a fascinating video on YouTube here.
  • A step-by-step video guide about how to get started is available on YouTube here, and find out how to get the most out of searching here.
  • A range of useful supplementary videos on different aspects of the 1939 Register is available in the Findmypast video library.

Highlights from Findmypast collections include...

  • NEW! Exclusive access to the 1939 Register (more information)
  • NEW! The addition of 10 million records from Irish Catholic Parish Registers means that Findmypast now offers the largest collection of Irish records available online (more information)
  • Major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States
  • Birth, marriage and death records – all accessible with just one easy search
  • Census records - the most comprehensive collection available online
  • Parish records – the largest collection of parish records available online
  • Military – the most comprehensive WW1 collection available online, including medal index cards and service records for the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force
  • Exclusive! School records - in the first of three scheduled releases, 2.5 million names in admission registers and log-books have been made available
  • Exclusive! India Office collection – 2.5 million names from the British Library’s India Office collection covering the period 1600-1947

Subscribe to Findmypast and enable your library members to...

  • Access to ALL Findmypast records including (from 16th February) the 1939 Register (please note that the British Newspaper Archive is available as a separate subscription)
  • Access newly added records immediately they are made available
  • Create a personal account
  • Create their own family tree
  • Access saved materials, including family trees, from home
  • Benefit from advanced search tools - for example, attaching records to family trees
  • Access tutorials on how to get the most out of Findmypast

A choice of "seat-based' or unlimited simultaneous user subscription packages...

  • Seat-based" pricing (5, 10 or 15 seats) is now available in additional to unlimited simultaneous user pricing.
  • You can choose to subscribe to the full Findmypast, or just the British records included in the collection.
  • Save 15% if you subscribe at the same time, and on an unlimited simultaneous user basis, to both Findmypast and the British Newspaper Archive.