About Find My Past

Find My Past traces people's ancestry to uncover relatives at the most famous events in British history, from the Battle of the Somme to Scott's expedition to the Antarctic

Chris Hollins

As well as a dab-hand at TV presenting, Chris Hollins is a former professonal footballer and Oxford scholar

Hosted by Chris Hollins, Find My Past invites people to delve back into their ancestry to find out how they are linked to some of our most talked about events in modern history.

The famous events that feature in the first series are The Battle of Britain, Mutiny on the Bounty, Jack the Ripper, Dunkirk, D-Day, The Titanic, The Battle of the Somme, The Tay Bridge Disaster, A Victorian Royal Scandal and Emily Davison – the ground breaking suffragette who threw herself under the King's Horse.

The second series features The Dambusters, The Gunpowder Plot, Tutankhamen, The Great Fire of London, The Christmas Truce, The Great Escape, The Dickens Rail Crash, The Battle Of Trafalgar, Scott of The Antarctic and the Abdication Crisis.

Each episode will unearth the kind of emotional stories, shocking details and fascinating facts that only a genealogy series can, and will show how easily anyone can be related to some of history's most famous people and events.

Chris Hollins on the hunt for relatives of those who fought in the Battle of Britain

Chris Hollins on the hunt for relatives of those who fought in the Battle of Britain


Giving you access to all 650 years of historical records available at findmypast.co.uk, the Full subscription will provide you with everything you need to begin researching your family tree online. With a Full subscription to findmypast.co.uk you can search for your relatives in the complete birth, marriage and death indexes for England and Wales, the parish record collection, outbound passenger lists, military record collection, complete 1841 – 1901 census collection, plus the recently released 1911 census.

Providing a snapshot of the lives of the 36 million people residing in England and Wales on the 2nd April, the 1911 census is the closest starting point to the modern day and could feature great-grandparents, grandparents, parents or even yourself depending on your age. Uniquely, the 1911 census is also the first time that householders’ original census returns have survived, allowing us to see the information actually written by our ancestors. This can often include mistakes or additional comments that can bring your family history to life in an entirely new way.


Findmypast.co.uk is an invaluable resource for both family history beginners and genealogy experts alike. With over 40 years’ experience in family history and with an online collection of over 750 million records dating as far back as 875AD, findmypast.co.uk will provide you with all the tools you’ll need on your journey of discovery.

The family history records currently available at findmypast.co.uk include,

  • The most complete census collection for England and Wales available online, with complete 1841 – 1901 census coverage plus the recently released 1911 census in association with The National Archives.

  • Complete birth, marriage and death indexes for England and Wales covering 1837 – 2005/6, plus birth, marriage and death indexes for the armed forces and for British nationals overseas or at sea.

  • A large online collection of parish baptisms, marriages and burials dating back to 1538, exclusively in partnership with the Federation of Family History Societies.

  • An extensive military record collection, covering the First and Second World Wars plus the Napoleonic, Crimean and Boer Wars.

  • Outbound long-distance passenger lists of ships departing from all UK ports between 1890 and 1960, in association with The National Archives.

Records are added to findmypast.co.uk on a monthly basis, meaning the number of resources available for family historians is constantly growing. Indeed, recent additions include parish records from Essex, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey, Dorset and Wiltshire.

Findmypast.co.uk’s current major project, the Chelsea Pensioners’ British Army Service Records in association with The National Archives, has also now started to become available online. The collection comprises over 6 million full colour images of the service records of soldiers in the British Army who were discharged between 1760 and 1913 and who received a pension from The Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Each soldier’s record consists of a minimum of four pages, providing rich detail and fascinating personal information. Alongside information about the soldier’s regiment, the ranks and medals he obtained and any illnesses or wounds he suffered while serving, the soldier’s height, complexion, eye and hair colour are also recorded.

In addition to this, details of his birth, next of kin and the names of any children born during the soldier’s service are also recorded, providing family historians with a real wealth of information about their ancestors who served. The service records of soldiers discharged from the army between 1760 and 1900 are available at findmypast.co.uk now.