Special collections

Special collections

Welcome to our special collections hub! This is your one stop shop for all of our featured record sets and dedicated pages that can help you to discover more about some of the most significant periods and events in history, all using our records and newspaper pages.

Scottish Records on Findmypast

Scottish Records on Findmypast

Discover over 13 million vital Scottish records on Findmypast dating from 1561-1910, as well as historical Scottish newspapers, passenger lists, military and census records.

Start Your Family Tree Week

Start Your Family Tree Week

Every year, we run Start Your Family Tree Week, where we publish daily hints, tips, and exclusive treats as well as great offers. Read all about our most recent Start Your Family Tree Week here.

The 1939 Register

The 1939 Register

In September 1939, the government took a National Register of the entire civil population of England and Wales. In 2015, for the first time, Findmypast in partnership with The National Archives are publishing the 1939 Register online, providing an unprecedented insight into a country on the verge of war.

National School Registers 1870 - 1914

National School Registers 1870 - 1914

The School Registers collection is an amazing amalgamation of records from the National School Admission Registers and Log Books, with details of pupils from over 1,500 schools.

Prisoners of War

Prisoners of War

Discover the details of those taken prisoner and interred by the enemy with these exciting and exclusive records in association with The National Archives

Jewish Family History

Jewish Family History

Do you have Jewish ancestry? Explore our census, naturalisation and travel records to discover more about the lives of your ancestors.

Irish Workhouses

Irish Workhouses

The workhouse has been referred to as the most feared and hated institution ever established in Ireland. Explore our exclusive workhouse records to discover more about one of the darkest periods in Ireland's history.

Discover your Irish ancestors today

Discover your Irish ancestors today

Every year, we host Irish Family History Day, a celebration of your Emerald Isle roots and heritage. With the largest collection of online Irish family history records in the world, Findmypast is the best place to explore your Irish ancestors' fascinating life stories.

World War I Records

World War I Records

We have one of the most comprehensive collections of World War I records anywhere online. A century on, explore them now to discover more about your military ancestors.

Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

It's our favourite time of year, as family history's finest TV show returns to our screens. On our dedicated Who Do You Think You Are? page, you'll be able to read updates as they happen on the UK show

Crime and Punishment Season

Crime and Punishment Season

In order to celebrate the release of millions of new crime, prisons an punishment records, we launched our Crime and Punishment season. A mixture of blogs, quizzes, games and fascinating historical facts, it offers the perfect opportunity to discover the jailbirds in your family tree