Friday, June 06, 2008

UK: FindMyPast live web chat

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at Please address all inquiries to: Paul Yates, Operations Director, 020 7549 0990

To calculate time zone differences, see: For instance, 19.00 hours UK time (for London) is Noon Mountain Daylight Time (for Salt Lake City).

For immediate release

Two experts from leading UK family history website will be available online to answer your questions on family history on Wednesday June 18 at 19.00 hours UK time. Elaine Collins is former editor of The National Archives' "Ancestors" magazine and author of the "Good Web Guide to Genealogy", while Stephen Rigden has notched up 20 years as a professional genealogist and is Head of Research at Both will be available to answer your questions on a wide range of genealogy topics, from how to get started to more knotty family history conundrums.

Anyone wanting to submit a question to Elaine or Stephen can submit it from now until 18 June at the following web chat link:

Alternatively, you can just sit back and watch Elaine and Stephen in action when the web chat goes live at 19.00 hours UK time on June 18.

Leading UK family history website (formerly was the first company to make the complete birth, marriage and death indexes for England & Wales available online in April 2003. Following the transcription, scanning and indexing of over two million images, the company launched the first website to allow the public easy and fast access to the complete indexes, which until then had only been available on microfiche film in specialist archives and libraries. The launch was instrumental in creating the widespread and growing interest in genealogy seen in the UK today.

Findmypast has subsequently digitised many more family history records and now offers access to over 500 million records dating as far back as 1538. This allows family historians and novice genealogists to search for their ancestors among comprehensive collections of military records, census, migration, occupation directories, and current electoral roll data, as well as the original comprehensive birth, marriage and death records.

In November 2006 findmypast launched the microsite in association with The National Archives to publish outbound passenger lists for long-distance voyages departing all British ports between 1890 and 1960.

As well as providing access to historical records, findmypast is also developing a range of online tools to help people discover and share their family history more easily, beginning with the launch of Family Tree Explorer in July 2007.

Over 1.7 million people in the UK have researched their family trees and has over 800,000 active registered users, revealing the mass appeal of genealogy and's position as the leading family history website based in the UK. In April 2007 findmypast's then parent company Title Research Group received the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2007 in recognition of their achievement. was acquired in December 2007 by Scotland Online, the company which won The National Archives' tender to publish online the 1911 census.