Monday, 4 April 2016

'Find Your Past' Website Now Available in The Hive


Popular family history website, Find my Past, is now available for free at the Hive.


Find my Past contains four billion names including parish registers, military records, school records, census and directories, all of which are useful sources of information for tracing your family history.
For the first time, researchers will be able to use the records created when their ancestors were admitted to school, at infants, primary and secondary level, to find out more about their families and to help further their research.   
Over the past 10 years we have been providing access to the Ancestry website, and are now pleased to be able to offer free access to Find My Past too.

The databases are both available to access now.  You will need to register for a library card if you don't already have one.  

The free access is due to the partnership between WAAS and Find My Past, which has seen 141 pre 1915 school registers digitised and made available on the website.  This is part of a large national project and our digitisation team were responsible for creating the digital images of the registers for Worcestershire, as well as other services in the West Midlands, with their state of the art cameras.

Dr Lisa Snook, User Services Manager, added: "We are pleased to be able to offer this extra service to our customers which will help with family and local history research. It is also great that the school registers from our archives are now accessible easier and more widely available."

To help customers use Find My Past we are running workshops, similar to the Ancestry ones we run, on Thu 14 April 10am-12pm, and Thu 21 April 7-9pm. These cost £6 and can be booked at https://e-services.worcestershire.gov.uk/LibraryEvents/EventDetails.aspx?id=214  

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