Find My Past

FindMyPast lets you search original documents to trace your family tree.

FindMyPast is an online genealogy service which makes many original historical documents available to search, so you can explore a collection of records and historical newspapers to find your ancestors and trace your family tree.


Using this database can help you to research birth, marriage and death records for England and Wales, UK census data, electoral rolls, British newspapers, British military records, Irish records and emigration records.


FindMyPast​ also gives access to the 1939 Register, which gives a snapshot of the civilian population of England and Wales at the outbreak of the Second World War.


FindMyPast is available in all Glasgow Libraries with your library card. 

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​Access during COVID 19​​

During the temporary restricted library opening period, we can offer full remote access to Find My Past for library members. The publisher has advised that this remote access scheme will remain until 1st September 2021 and temporary remote access accounts will cease. This position is subject to any changes in the easing of coronavirus restrictions.


If you would like access, please contact us at libraries@glasgowlife.org.uk​.  Please head up your email 'FindMyPast Access' and include your full name and library card membership number. If you are not already a member you can join online.​