Findmypast offers free access to 98 million Atlantic immigration records

By Rosemary Collins, 11 December 2017 - 4:14pm

The website’s new British and Irish Roots collection brings together records of migrants to the USA, Canada and the Caribbean


Engraving of Irish emigrants leaving Queenstown for America, 1874. (Credit: Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images)

Findmypast has announced the launch of a new database of 98 million records of migrants to the New World, with free access available to family historians for a limited time.

The British and Irish Roots Collection was created from existing records picked by Findmypast’s in-house experts, tracing 400 years of migration from Britain and Ireland to the USA, Canada and the Caribbean.

It brings together transcriptions of millions of passenger lists, census records, naturalization applications and draft registrations, as well as birth, marriage, and death records, in one place.

The collection makes it easier to search the records, which date from 1573 to 1990, for an individual’s name or for a date, country of origin or destination country.

To access the records, users will need to set up a Findmypast account.

The records are currently free, but will eventually be available to users of Findmypast’s Pro subscription, which was announced as part of a recent change in pricing structure and covers records from around the world.

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