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Findmypast's pricing structure explained

We explain what family history records Findmypast's Starter, Plus and Pro subscriptions cover

Findmypast pricing structure
Published: July 13, 2022 at 11:33 am
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Family history website Findmypast offers three subscription levels for members. Although the price has recently increased slightly, they still represent good value for family historians. Don't forget, you can sign up for a 14-day free trial at Findmypast before you subscribe. You can take out any of the packages as your free trial. If you cancel within two days of the end of the trial, you will not be charged. Customers can only do one free trial. At the end of your trial your subscription will move to the membership plan you signed up with the pricing as below.

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All three tiers also allow you to create your family tree on Findmypast, receive hints from other trees and message other users with whom you have shared ancestors.

The 1921 census for England and Wales is also available exclusively on Findmypast, but must be paid for separately and is not currently included in any of the subscription packages, although subscribers do get a discount on any orders.

Findmypast 'Starter' subscription package

£9.99 monthly auto renewing

£89.99 annual auto renewing (equivalent to £7.50/month)

Aimed at beginner family historians, the only records the Starter subscription gives you access to are civil registers of birth, marriage and death records in Britain and Ireland and the British and Irish censuses.

As many of these records can be found elsewhere for free online, this package may be the cheapest but it does not represent good value in our opinion.

Findmypast 'Plus' subscription package

£13.99 monthly auto renewing

£129.99 annual auto renewing (equivalent to £10.83/month)

Findmypast's second tier is ‘Plus’ and is great for anyone who does not require access to the British newspaper archive. As well as the records available in the Starter tier, the Plus tier covers the 1939 Register; British and Irish parish records, wills, electoral registers and education, occupation and travel records, as well as special Irish records and military records.

Findmypast 'Pro' subscription package

£18.99 monthly auto renewing

£179.99 annual auto renewing (equivalent to £15/month)

The final tier, ‘Pro’, offers access to all the records on Findmypast, covering countries including America, Canada and Australia.

It is also the only subscription tier which covers Findmypast’s large old newspapers collection, including its partnership with the British Newspaper Archive.

Because of the additional newspaper access this is our recommended subscription package and the overseas records are also handy for anyone researching outside of the UK.

Credits and micropayments

For non-subscribers, Findmypast also offer a pay as you go system.

This was previously known as credits, but has now been replaced with with micropayments, which non-subscribers must purchase to view records.

The micropayments have the same value as the credits, but are being introduced in order to show customers the cost of a purchase before they make it.

Users who are not Findmypast subscribers can purchase micropayments in order to view individual records.

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Rosemary Collins is the staff writer of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine

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