Monday, 15 August 2011

FindmyPast website to evolve

The FindmyPast website (www.findmypast.co.uk) is about to evolve. Over the next month the site will change the categories within which its records are currently managed. FindmyPast explains the new categories as follows:

Life events (births, marriages and deaths) - this will be very similar to the current BMD section and will continue to contain our millions of parish records

Census, land & surveys - as well as our best-in-class England & Wales censuses (including our complete 1911 census), this will include fabulous new records, including historical electoral rolls

Armed forces & conflict - our comprehensive military collections will live here

Education & work - with fantastic school and merchant marine records on the way, we need a new sub-category. You’ll also find some gems currently buried in the specialist section

Institutions & organisations - covering workhouses, hospitals and more, you’ll also find some fabulous new court records in future, as well as records that are sprinkled across other sections at the moment

Travel & migration - is very similar to our current migration section, but has some lovely new international records on the way

Living relatives & directories - this will give us room to expand the directories that we hold, way beyond the current living relatives directories

The full story behind the need for the re-organisation is available in a blog post by Ian Tester at http://blog.findmypast.co.uk/2011/08/improving-the-way-we-organise-historical-records/

Chris

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