Thursday 26 July 2018

FindMyPast has a glitch affecting some free collections

FindMyPast has confirmed via Twitter that it has a qlitch in its system which is demanding researchers sign up for a subscription when trying to search and view 'free to access' records.

I became aware of the problem yesterday evening thanks to a post on*. The poster had been wanting to view's indexes to the National Library of Ireland's collection of RC parish registers but was being denied access and prompted to take out a subscription. (While the indexes can be accessed on Ancestry only via subscription, they are supposed to be free on FindMyPast, provided the researcher has a free registered account.)

Strangely, these indexes were correctly free to access via (here).

This morning FindMyPast has tweeted the following in reply to my contact last night:

Their reply could seem to suggest that other collections or FMP sites may be affected.

*In my opinion, the best free forum for Irish genealogists.

UPDATE, 26 July, 12:30:
FindMyPast has confirmed that the technical error has been corrected and the free records should once again be free to access with a free registered account.