In response to a recent surge in interest in online research, Findmypast recently launched a new feature which allows subscribers to connect, correspond and collaborate with each other.

First released on their UK site, it is now live on all Findmypast domains, including, “Private Messages” enables any user who receives a tree-to-tree hint to privately message the owner of that tree to ask questions, discuss their research, share discoveries, family stories, photos and even connect with distant living relatives. As long as the other user accepts their message request, the pair can then communicate through Findmypast.

Everyone with an account registered to gets an inbox and, to initiate contact, users first need to either take out a free trial or move to one of Findmypast’s Starter, Plus or Pro subscription options, you can find details of those here.

The announcement marks the latest in a series of substantial updates to Findmypast’s online family tree builder, following significant investment in the development of new tools and features.

Findmypast have been working hand-in hand with their community members to ensure the best possible experience for both beginner and experienced family historians. Users asked and Findmypast listened with Private Messages being launched in response to hundreds of customer contacts and intensive user testing.

The leading UK family history website is already home to a vibrant community that has doubled in size since lockdown, and now has over 8.5 registered users from around the globe. Members are now equipped with the ability to communicate directly with each other in a private setting, framed specifically around the context of their family history research while working together to knock down brick walls and enrich their research.

For more information relating to Findmypat’s private messaging feature, please head to their Help page, which answers plenty of related questions: