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Findmypast Free Access Ahead of Remembrance Day

  • Explore the lives of your military ancestors and their families for free this Remembrance weekend
  • All UK, Irish, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian, US and world records will be completely free to search and explore from the 8th to the 11th November 2019

Leading British & Irish family history website, Findmypast, will be providing free access to their entire collection of military and civilian records ahead of Remembrance Day 2019.

From 12pm (GMT) Friday November 8th, until 12pm Monday November 11th, all records on Findmypast excluding newspapers, electoral rolls and the Periodical Source Index, will be completely free to search and explore.

This includes more than 85 million military records covering all three service branches of the British Armed Forces as well as the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. Researches will be able to search for their ancestors in a variety of fascinating documents ranging from service records and pensions to medal rolls, POW records, casualty lists and more.

By providing free access to these detail rich documents, Findmypast is offering all visitors to the site the chance to honour the struggles and sacrifices endured by their military ancestors by telling their stories.

What’s more, all other records including censuses, births, marriages & deaths, wills, education & employment records, travel and social history records will also be free to use.

Free access to such a wide range of resources will enable researchers to paint a complete picture of their ancestor’s lives, before, after and during their military service, as well the impact it had on the wider family.


To use Findmypast for free this weekend, you simply need to sign up. Once you’re signed up, log in during the free period and you’ll be able to access all the records and features that would normally be included in a paid subscription. For more information, including our fair usage policy, read our free weekend terms and conditions.

*PLEASE NOTE - Records excluded from this free weekend promotion are:

  • All newspapers
  • The Periodical Source Index (PERSI)
  • UK Electoral Registers & Companies House Directors 2002-2019

To view any excluded records during the free access period, you’ll need a valid subscription.

About Findmypast

Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is the British-owned world leader in online family history with over 18 million registered users across its family of brands, which include Findmypast, Genes Reunited, the British Newspaper Archive and Twile. 

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is the home of the world’s most comprehensive online collection of British and Irish records, including:

  • The largest online collection of UK parish records
  • Twice the number of Irish records available on any other site
  • The British Library’s vast collection of historical newspapers
  • Military service records for all three branches of the British Armed Forces
  • The official home of the 1939 Register, in partnership with The National Archives

Findmypast is committed to making discoveries in the British Isles easier than ever before. It combines the best of British and Irish data with the knowledge of inhouse experts to provide a unique family history experience that guides researchers through every step of their journey. 

For more information on how Findmypast is enhancing the experiences of family historians worldwide, visit:

Ancestry DNA is on Sale in UK, Canada, USA and Australia

It's that time of the year again... Christmas is fast upon us. And that means one thing for sure... DNA sales. Here are the offerings from Ancestry DNA, sorted into each region.

Greg's Personal Experience
I have tested with FamilyTree DNA, 23andme, MyHeritage and Ancestry DNA.
This test has been the most productive regarding family connections and the features when combined with an Ancestry Tree are very helpful. So far as value-for-money goes, I always recommend this test above others.

United Kingdom

Ancestry DNA UK on Special - just £59 + postage

United States

Ancestry DNA USA is on sale - just $59 + postage


Ancestry DNA Australia is on sale - just $109 + postage


Ancestry DNA Canada is on sale - just $79 + postage

Disclaimer: despite this being my personal favourite, Ancestorian does receive a small commission on sales made through these links. This helps us to build the site, but we would recommend this test anyway, even without that wee incentive. At Ancestorian, we strongly believe in transparency. If you prefer to buy a test without supporting us, you can just visit the Ancestry site directly in your browser and get the same deal. 

Ancestorian Has Cut Down our Tree

Along with removing tree from the name (Ancestorian > Ancestorian), we have cut down the tree in our logo.

Online Community

Ancestorian is not a family tree hosting site... we are an online community of Ancestorians (family historians, ancestry researchers, genealogists) who interact with each-other, helping our fellow Ancestorians through the swapping of knowledge, stories and soon... documents, books and records - in our 'first of it's kind' community library. 

Therefore. it is fitting that we don't have a tree in our logo or name anymore, so that there can be no confusion. 

We hope you like the new identity as much as we do.

Greg, Judy, Lesley and Ann

Welcome to Ancestorian – We have Retired the Evidentree Name

Did you notice that you have ended up on a site called Ancestorian even though you thought you were going to Ancestorian?

We would forgive if you if you didn't. After all, the logo looks almost the same, with just the name Ancestorian taking place of Ancestorian. Yes, we have rebranded to avoid the confusion created by having tree in our name. There are no trees on Ancestorian (Ancestorian).

Are You an Ancestorian?


UK / æn.sestɔː.ri.ən / US / æn.sestɔːr.i.ən /

NOUN [countable]

  1. A person who studies their or others’ family history.
    according to an ancestorian, she came from a long line of millers
  2. An online community of passionate family historians who share and collaborate with each other at
    he spent hours sharing his knowledge on the ancestorian social network
  3. A member of the website described in definition 2.
    the ancestorians benefit immensely from their community

Synonyms: genealogist, family historian

Evidentree Celebrates Our 1st Birthday

This is no April Fool's joke, Ancestorian turned 1 today.

We hope you will celebrate with us by reaching out to your fellow family historians in your Ancestorian groups and friends lists.

Features Being Worked On

We have been quiet for a few months but this doesn't mean things aren't still moving behind the scenes. We are still working on getting our community library ready for launch. Also, we are making constant improvements to the speed and usability of the site.

RootsTech London - 24-26 October

Greg Scowen, the founder of Ancestorian, has been invited to attend RootsTech London as an ambassador. This means that we will have the chance to see you there.

This also means that we will update you with new information about RootsTech London as and when it becomes available. We will also be offering some tickets for the conference to members in a competition. More on that as we get closer to the time.