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Company history

Findmypast.com is a brand of brightsolid online publishing US Inc., owned by Scottish Publisher DC Thomson

1965

The findmypast story begins in 1965, when a small group of leading professional genealogists and heir hunters form what was then known as Title Research. Since there were no online records, employees spent many long hours poring over microfiche machines.

2001

Title Research starts a project to create an online copy of the paper General Register Office birth, marriage and death records in the UK. The project is named "1837 online".

2002

Title Research has the innovative idea to put the newly digitized UK birth, marriage and death records onto a website so family historians worldwide can benefit from them. Title Research consults with expert genealogists, including family history societies and the Society of Genealogists, on this monumental project.

2003

Title Research gets a license to publish the birth, marriage and death indexes online and launch the first incarnation of the website: 1837online.com.

2004

1837online.com makes its first £1 million this financial year and becomes a separate business within Title Research.

2005

Title Research publishes the 1861 census website for England and Wales. It's the first time this census has ever been published online.

2006

Title Research publishes the 1891 census in March 2006. In November, 1837online.com becomes findmypast to reflect the wider range of records.

2007

In January of 2007, the outbound passenger lists 1890-1960 are published in association with The National Archives. This project marks the first use of color scanning by a family history website anywhere in the world. These records link family historians all around the world with their emigrant ancestors from the British Isles. Later in the year, Scotland Online purchases findmypast from Title Research group, so becoming the second biggest provider of resources to the online genealogy community in the UK.

2008

Scotland Online is rebranded as brightsolid. In January, as part of brightsolid, findmypast now has a license to publish the 1911 census online. In May, the 1901 census is also made available online rapidly followed by the 1851 census in November.

2009

The 1911 census is published by findmypast.

2010

In April 2010 brightsolid acquires Genes Reunited, Friends Reunited and Friends Reunited Dating.

2011

brightsolid continues to add millions more records to this extensive collection, including over 9 million new records from the Society of Genealogists. Brightsolid extends the reach of find my past to Australia and Ireland.

2012

findmypast and the British Library continue to work together on the exciting project to publish UK electoral registers 1832-1932, as well as records of baptisms, marriages and burials drawn from the archives of the India Office. Findmypast expands to the US market publishing the 1940 census as it is released and indexed, alongside all other existing US census records since 1790.