The partnership with Living DNA will be the main focus for 2019.
The testing kits (inset) launched in November 2018, and Findmypast will be developing and expanding on this throughout the year. It’s also launching an intuitive matching system, allowing researchers to connect more easily with living relatives. You can also upload DNA test results from other providers, including 23andMe, AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA and MyHeritage.
In terms of data, the Kent and Surrey collections are due for substantial updates and there are military records on the way, plus English parish records, Catholic records and census substitutes (including more electoral registers). Also a number of Scottish collections will be released throughout the year.
Alongside developing the online tree, Findmypast is creating a companion app to help customers curate, view and share their research, and improving the search hints with more record sets.
Kent stilt men on a hop farm. Findmypast will be growing its Kent collection in 2019