Our use of cookies

Findmypast places your privacy as our top priority. We are fully dedicated to always looking after your Personal Information in a way you feel is 100% safe and secure, handling it in a responsible manner and complying with data protection laws. This website www.findmypast.com is owned and operated by Findmypast Limited (FMP), a company registered in England and Wales no. 04369607, having its registered offices at The Glebe, 6 Chapel Place, Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3DQ.

What are cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. We use cookies to store certain information such as searches and presenting personalised content.

How can I control my cookies?

Browser settings

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies and similar technologies, but if you prefer, you can change your browser settings to do the following:

  • Delete all cookies;
  • Block all cookies;
  • Allow all cookies;
  • Block third-party cookies;
  • Clear all cookies when you close the browser;
  • Open a 'private browsing' / 'incognito' session, which allows you to browse the internet without storing local data; and
  • Install add-ons and plug-ins to extend browser functionality.

For more information on controlling cookies using different browsers, see Browser Controls below.

Useful information

  • A number of websites provide detailed information on cookies, including AboutCookies.org and AllAboutCookies.org.
  • The Internet Advertising Bureau website Your Online Choices allows you to install opt-out cookies across different advertising networks.
  • Google has developed a browser add-on to allow users to opt-out of Google Analytics across all websites which use this popular analytics product.
  • New technologies such as Mozilla's Do Not Track allow you to tell websites not to track you.
  • Internet Explorer has a feature called Tracking Protection Lists which allows you to import a list of websites you want to block.

Type of Cookies

We use the following types of cookies on our website:

Necessary - These are cookies which are essential for the running of our websites. They include for example, cookies that allow you to remain logged into our website. Without these cookies, parts of our websites would not function. These cookies do not track where you have been on the internet and do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing purposes.

Functionality – These cookies are used to remember your preferences on our websites and to provide enhanced, more personal features. Functional cookies do not track your internet usage or gather information which could be used for selling advertising, but they do help with serving advertising.

Analytics - Analytical performance cookies are used to monitor the performance of our websites, for example, to determine the number of page views and the number of unique users a website has. Web analytics services may be designed and operated by third parties. The information provided by these cookies allows us to analyse patterns of user behaviour and we use that information to enhance user experience or identify areas of the website which may require maintenance. The information may include your member key which is an internal identifier for all users. The information is used only for statistical purposes and will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.

Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

Advertising - These cookies, which may be placed on your device by us or our trusted third party service providers, remember that you have visited a website and use that information to provide you with advertising which is tailored to your interests. This is often called online behavioural advertising (OBA) and is done by grouping together shared interests based upon web browsing history. Your web browsing history can be used to infer things about you (e.g. your age, gender etc.), and this information may also be used to make advertising on websites more relevant to you. Without these cookies, online advertisements you encounter will be less relevant to you and your interests. If you would like more information about OBA, including how to opt-out of these cookies, see the section above ‘How can I control my cookies’.

Where we associate personal information with cookies, we process this information for the purpose of our legitimate interest in the case of necessary cookies and in all other cases on the basis of your consent. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.

Browser Controls

The effect of disabling cookies depends on which cookies you disable but, in general, the website may not operate properly if all cookies are switched off. If you only disable third party cookies, you will not be prevented from making purchases of subscriptions on our website. If you disable all cookies, you will be unable to complete a purchase of a subscription on our website.

If you want to disable cookies on our site, you need to change your website browser settings to reject cookies. How you can do this will depend on the browser you use. Further details on how to disable cookies for the most popular browsers are set out below:

>For Microsoft Internet Explorer:

1. Choose the menu “tools” then “Internet Options”

2. Click on the “privacy” tab

3. Select the setting the appropriate setting

>For Google Chrome:

1. Choose Settings> Advanced

2. Under "Privacy and security," click “Content settings”.

3. Click “Cookies”

>For Safari:

1. Choose Preferences > Privacy

2. Click on “Remove all Website Data”

>For Mozilla firefox:

1. Choose the menu “tools” then “Options”

2. Click on the icon “privacy”

3. Find the menu “cookie” and select the relevant options

>For Opera 6.0 and further:

1. Choose the menu Files”> “Preferences”

2. Privacy


Where you have not set your permissions, we may also separately prompt you regarding our use of cookies on the Site.

Except for necessary cookies, all cookies used on our site will expire after 10 years.

Findmypast Cookies

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them here:

Cookie name1st/3rd partyRetentionSourceTypeDescription
_environmentName 1st party Session FMP Performance This cookie is from the Launch Darkly enviroment.
_productionLdKey 1st party 2 months FMP Performance This cookie is an experimentation tracking key and used to decide which path of split testing the user is put on.
atid 1st party 1 year FMP Performance This cookies is used to find out if the user is logged in.
_ld_csrf 3rd party Session Launch Darkly Performance This cookie protects against cross forgery attack to launch darkly.
velvet 1st party Session nginx gateway Performance This cookie is used by velvet rope.
PYPF 3rd party 1 Month Paypal Performance PayPal uses cookies to recognise its customers and to shorten the time the user needs to log in to his PayPal account by checking his email on PayPal database.
IsLibrary 1st party 30days Sphinx Performance This cookie quickly identifies if the user is located in a library.
ged 1st party Session Toogler Performance This cookies is a google experiment id.
tgl.XXXXXXXX 1st party 3 months Toogler Performance This cookie is an experimentation tracking key, used to decide which path a user gets put down for split tests.
_cfduid 3rd party 1 year Zopim Performance This cookie is used by our live chat function.
_zlcid 1st party Session Zopim Performance This cookie is used by our live chat function.
_zlcmid 1st party 1 year Zopim Performance This cookie is used by our live chat function.
_zlcstore 1st party Session Zopim Performance This cookie is used by our live chat function.
zte# 1st party Session Zopim Performance This cookie saves a Zopim live chart ID that recognises a device between visits during a chat session.
_cfduid 3rd party 1 year Cloudflare Necessary This cookie is used by the content network, Cloudflare, to identify trusted web traffic.
_controllerTempData 1st party Session FMP Necessary This cookie is used for storing temporary data.
cookie_consent 1st party 1 year FMP Necessary This cookie stores the user's action on the cookie banner.
geoLocationChecked 1st party 29 days FMP Necessary The cookie stores that user has seen and dismissed the suggestion to go to a diferent partnership.
IpAddress 1st party Session FMP Necessary This cookies stores user IP address to help library fulfilment.
treesession 1st party Session FMP Necessary This cookie is used for a tree session.
LibrarySession 1st party 5mins Sphinx Necessary This cookie limits amount of concurrent connections at any given time during a library session.
LiveSession 1st party Session Titan Necessary This is a .NET session cookie.
_uetsid 1st party 30 minutes Bing Advertising This cookie is used for Bing Universal Event Tracking.
MUID 3rd party 1 year Bing Advertising This is a cookie used by Bing as a unique user ID.
MUIDB 3rd party 1 year Bing Advertising Unclassified
DSID 3rd party Unknown Doubleclick Advertising This cookie is for Google advertising.
IDE 3rd party 2 years Doubleclick Advertising This cookie is used by Doubleclick to register and report the user's actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser's ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user.
test_cookie 3rd party Session Doubleclick Advertising This cookie checks if the user's browser supports cookies.
fr 3rd party 3 months Facebook Advertising This cookie is used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers.
1P_JAR 3rd party Unknown Google Advertising This cookie is used for Google advertising.
AID 3rd party Unknown Google Advertising This cookie is used for Google advertising.
APISID 3rd party Unknown Google Advertising This cookie is used for Google advertising.
dc_gtm_UA-XXXXX 1st party 1 minute Google Tag Manager/DCM Advertising This cookie is for display features.
mit 1st party Session FMP Analytics The cookie stores the user's member key for analytics purposes.
_ga 1st party 2 years Google Analytics Analytics This cookie is used to distinguish users in Google Analytics.
_gac_ 1st party 90 days Google Analytics Analytics This cookie xontains campaign related information for the user. If you have linked your Google Analytics and AdWords accounts, AdWords website conversion tags will read this cookie unless you opt-out.
_gat 1st party 1 minute Google Analytics Analytics This cookie is used to throttle request rate.
_gid 1st party 24 hours Google Analytics Analytics This cookie is used to distinguish users in Google Analytics.
_utmx 1st party 18 months Google Experiments Analytics This cookie is used to determine a user's inclusion in a site experiment.
_utmxx 1st party 18 months Google Experiments Analytics This cookie is used to determine the expiry of website experiments a user has been included in.
optimizelyBuckets 1st party 10 years Optimizely Analytics This cookie records the Optimizely Classic variation that the visitor has seen for each experiment. This allows us to deliver a consistent experience on successive page loads.
optimizelyEndUserId 1st party 10 years Optimizely Analytics This cookie stores a visitor's unique Optimizely identifier, for both Optimizely Classic and Optimizely X Web. It's a combination of a timestamp and random number. No other information about you or your visitors is stored inside.
optimizelyPendingLogEvents 1st party 15 seconds Optimizely Analytics This cookie is used as a cache for a visitor's actions between tracking calls. This ensures that all events are efficiently tracked even if a visitor takes many actions in rapid succession. The cookie is wiped once the tracking call has been made.
optimizelyRedirect 1st party 5 seconds Optimizely Analytics This cookie stores the variation ID of the redirect experiment, so that Optimizely can pass it into integrated technology platforms along with the variation IDs that are active on the new page. This is necessary because the redirect experiment is usually inactive on the new page.
optimizelyReferrer 1st party 5 seconds Optimizely Analytics This cookie stores the document.referrer property from the original page, so that Optimizely can pass it into integrated technology platforms. This is how we avoid creating "self-referrals" in your third-party analytics.
optimizelySegments 1st party 10 years Optimizely Analytics This cookie persists the visitor's Optimizely Classic segments: browser, campaign, mobile, source type, and any custom dimensions that you may have configured. This allows us to ensure persistence of segment membership, which improves the accuracy of segmented results.
ki_r 1st party 5 years Qualaroo Analytics This cookie stores document referrer for targeting.
ki_s 1st party 5 years Qualaroo Analytics This cookie stores the current state of any survey the user has viewed or interacted with.
ki_t 1st party 5 years Qualaroo Analytics This cookie stores timestamps and view counts of surveys.
ki_u 1st party 5 years Qualaroo Analytics This cookie store an anonymous identity to associate with responses to surveys.
Rats 3rd party 1 year Rats Analytics This cookie is used by our internal analytics tool to help improve site functionality.
Rats_Session 3rd party Session Rats Analytics This cookie is used by our internal analytics tool to help improve site functionality.
PREF 3rd party 8 months Youtube Analytics This cookie registers a unique ID that is used by Google to keep statistics of how the visitor uses Youtube videos across different websites.
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE 3rd party 8 months Youtube Analytics This cookie estimates the users' bandwidth on pages with integrated Youtube videos.
YSC 3rd party Session Youtube Analytics This cookie is a unique ID to keep statitics of what videos a user has seen.
UID{32} 1st party 3 months FMP Unclassifed Unclassified

Contact us

If you have any question or concerns, you can email support@findmypast.ie, or call Customer Support on +44(0)20 3326 6300. Findmypast’s full privacy statement is available here.

Policy statement updated 8 May 2018.