As someone whose not been at all interested in the forthcoming football excitement I’m delighted that Find My Past has given family historians a reason to wish England well in the World Cup.
Find My Past has made the following announcement:
“The World Cup is now upon us and we thought it would only be fair to provide some entertainment for any non-football fans out there:
Whenever England play a match, you’ll be able to access all our records for free!* “
What you need to know about this fantastic offer:
- When England play, you don’t pay: 30 minutes before each England game kicks off, all the records on findmypast.co.uk will be free to view for 3 hours
- You can view original images and transcriptions of all our records for free including birth, marriage and death records 1538-2006, census records including the 1911 census and our Chelsea Pensioners British Army Service Records 1760-1913 – to name just a few
- Normally you would need a subscription or PayAsYouGo credits to view our records – some of which normally cost 30 credits each – so to be able to see them for free is a rare opportunity
- Keep an eye on our blog for a competition question to enter during each England match. You’ll need to answer all the questions correctly for a chance to win, so make sure you don’t miss any. The prize is a goodie bag containing a digital camera, vouchers for a year’s Full subscription plus much more
We’d love to hear about any discoveries you make while our records are free to view – post anything you’d like to share with us and our readers on our Facebook page.
Please pass this on to friends, family or anyone else you think might want to make the most of our free family history records.
*All records available using our Full subscription (including the 1911 Census) will be free: Living Relatives searches and Memorial scrolls are not included.
So this is the ideal oppotunity to escape from the football fuss and get done to some serious genealogy searching. Here are the times of the first three matches. You will need to break a habit of a lifetime to follow the football results to find out when England may be playing further matches !
I am sure that you will know how your local time relates to GMT.
England vs. United States - 12 Jun 7:30pm
England vs. Algeria - 18 Jun 7:30pm
England vs Slovenia - 23 Jun 3:00pm
Remember that the free time starts 30 minutes before the kick-off and runs for three hours. All records available using the Full subscription (including the 1911 Census) will be free: Living Relatives searches and Memorial scrolls are not included.
I guess that you can register in advance to be ready on time.
Happy hunting -
Geoff Stone and Else Churchill