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About findmypast.co.uk

brightsolid – partner of choice for the online 1911 census

In April 2007 the National Archives announced brightsolid as its chosen partner for the online launch of the 1911 census. It also announced that brightsolid’s genealogical subsidiary, Find My Past, would be making the census available through a dedicated website.

About brightsolid

brightsolid began life in 1995 as Scotland Online, and has built an enviable reputation as a first-class internet services provider.

brightsolid is a business critical ISP. We manage our clients’ information availability and online presence through hosting, internet access, applications and business continuity products and services supporting a large number of corporate and public sector customers.

brightsolid has a strategic partnership with SunGard Availability Services, a global leader in disaster recovery services. This enables us to provide unique business continuity and IT disaster recovery services.

The company has significant expertise in the digitisation and management of records in the fast-growing online family history market. It manages ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk, a partnership between the General Register Office for Scotland, the National Archives of Scotland and the Court of the Lord Lyon. In 2008, brightsolid acquired findmypast.co.uk, which operates an online family history site based in London, England.

brightsolid has several contracts in this field, including the contract to digitise, license and publish the 1911 census from The National Archive in Kew.

brightsolid operates its own data centre. It’s underpinned by a resilient and secure network with dual location and disaster recovery options. Designed and built for brightsolid in the last few years we don’t face the legacy challenges of older data centres.

brightsolid has an impressive list of partners. brightsolid are a MicrosoftGold Partner and an Oracle Partner and our disaster recovery services are provided in partnership with SunGard, a global leader in this field.

At brightsolid we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously. We are ISO14001 certified, which is the standard designed to help organisations minimise how their operations negatively affect the environment.

brightsolid is a private limited company wholly owned by media group D. C. Thomson Ltd, based in Scotland with over 60 staff in offices in Dundee, Edinburgh and London. brightsolid appointed its new Chief Executive Officer, Chris van der Kuyl, in October 2007.

brightsolid is registered in England

Company Registration No: 4369607
Registered Office:
185 Fleet Street,

Customer Support: support@1911census.co.uk

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Opening hours: 9:00-18:00 GMT (Monday-Friday), 9:00-17:30 GMT (Saturday).

About Findmypast

findmypast.co.uk is a family history and genealogy website based in London, England and holds over 650 million family history records, with more being added all the time.

Formerly named 1837online.com, we were the first to put the birth, marriage, and death records of England and Wales online, for the purpose of allowing public access to the indexes. Previously the records were only searchable offline at a select number of locations in England. This achievement eared findmypast.co.uk the prestigious Queen's Award for Innovation in 2007.

findmypast.co.uk was acquired by brightsolid (formerly Scotland Online) in December 2007 as part of their vision to develop a world class family history resource.

Searching is free on findmypast.co.uk, as is building an online family tree with our innovative Family Tree Explorer software. To view the records you will need either to buy PayAsYouGo credits or a subscription.

Since its launch findmypast.co.uk has burgeoned from supplying just birth, marriage and death records to now include a nearly complete set of England Wales censuses (1841-1901), a comprehensive Parish Records Collection, complete UK outbound Passenger Lists (1890-1960), an extensive collection of military records, a number of occupations directories, and an electoral roll search. findmypast.co.uk is also managing the online launch of the 1911 census, in association with The National Archives.

Findmypast also works closely with the Society of Genealogists (SoG) and the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS), and is behind the online launch of a number of their record sets.

Coming soon to findmypast.co.uk:
  • Chelsea Pensioners
  • Merchant Marine
  • Marine BMDs

At findmypast.co.uk, as well as providing access to millions of records, we also offer a social and historical background to the information, to deepen your understanding of the way in which your ancestors lived. findmypast.co.uk is your perfect partner for family history research and we aim to help you to understand your individual place in history by bringing the past to life.

findmypast.co.uk is operated by Find My Past Ltd. Registered Offices 38-41 Fourth Floor, Broadgate Court, 199 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3TY, England.