I decided to do a trial of findmypast website to see what information I could find. I did end up subscribing to the site but only for the Britain records. This is actually, the site way back when I first started searching were I found the ship record for my Welsh Grandma family.
I am going to give here what are my pros and cons about the site. This is just my personal opinion of the site.
It does keep records of records you have looked at. I find this handy as you don’t have to then repeat a search again.
I have found some records that I haven’t found on ancestry in particular for Scottish or Welsh ancestors birth records or information from newspapers.
They have an ideas board for suggestions one can make for changes to the website, I think it is great that a user can provide feedback or ideas.
They have 3 different options for subscriptions One is a pay as you go, pay a select amount and get a specific number of credits to use. The credit amount does vary among records. I see this option as a pro and a con(see con in the con remarks section) You can also get a World (Includes United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia , New Zealand and United States and others ?)or a British subscription by the month or yearly.
If you are choosing to search a particular record collection, the search parameters are better than the for the all records search. Depending on what collection you are choosing to search, you have from the basic information to being able to provide other household members (for censuses)or solider number (for military).
I found that the search parameters are quite narrow and don’t provide a lot of search options. For example, one can only search the ancestor by name, date of birth and place. It does have check boxes for name variants so it will search for different spellings of the name. This is for searching all the records.
The subscriptions are all in british pounds so do take care to do a conversion to your own country money so you know how much it will end up costing you. I wish that would give the prices in maybe US or Canadian as well but I suspect most of their users are in the United Kingdom.
The con I see with the pay as you go is that records are not all a select number of credits as well as you can end up wasting your credits on the wrong records.
I create a small family tree with just a few ancestors to try out the family tree. Building your family tree is fairly easy but I couldn’t figure out a way to add the records to your tree. I did find the spot in the tree were you can manually add the source information. Overall I am not impressed with the family tree. It seems that one has to add most information is manually which to me honestly is a lot of work.
Overall, I find the site useful but not as a primary resource site for my searching, I still prefer ancestry as searching is better as well as it family tree. I will continue to use the site to look for information I can’t find on ancestry.
As always, thanks for reading.