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08 November 2014

Family history is something I've always been interested in, but not curious enough to go out of my way to learn about my own - it could be leftover denial from my childhood years, when I thought I could be a long lost princess of some exotic foreign land.

No one else did that? 

(I hope my sister doesn't kill me for posting these photos. To be fair though, she looks seriously cute.)

But apparently these days, you can look it all up on something called the internet?! And for this weekend only, to celebrate Remembrance Weekend, Find My Past is offering unpaid, unlimited access to their huge archive of family histories, newspapers, articles, military records, passenger seats - basically an endless treasure trove.

I was really quite excited about this campaign when I heard about it, and have already (possibly slightly creepily) searched some names on the website to have a snoop around.

I can already think of one friend who would be interested in this kind of thing (I'm looking at you, ex-roommate E.R.!), and I for one will be playing around on the site with a cup of tea in hand, searching for the people to blame who didn't bless me with all those genius genes I'm missing. You can research famous figures that you are curious about, despicable enemies whose ancestors you can sniff out and make fun of, or if you're lucky enough to live close by to a grandparent or two, you could sit down together and have fun with it.

Be quick about it though, as the free unlimited access ends at midnight on Monday 10th November. Have a look at their website and Facebook page for more details.

What do you think? Any chance we are descendants of an ancient Japanese Empress? 

More importantly, do you have any fun facts about your family history that you can share?

Disclaimer: this post is sponsored by Find My Past. All opinions are my own.


  1. Your childhood photos are adorable Miho! I used to wish and hope that I was a) a princess and b) a twin when I was younger hahah - ultimate denial.

  2. Such adorable photos!
    I've always been fascinated by our family history as our ancestors on my Dad's side were kind of royalty, 500 years ago! At least, that's what he always told us... so since I read this post two hours ago I've been happily trawling through the website archives building our family tree! Thanks for the heads up!

  3. Those photos are so cute :) I love learning about my family history so I'm definitely going to take a look at the website! x

  4. You both look too cute in those photos! The website sounds intriguing - I know I've got ancestors from all over the world (Canada, Norway, Germany) so it would be fascinating to see what I can dig up!

  5. These are lovely photos - you two are just SO adorable!

    My mum loves doing family history and learnt that we might be related to Billy the Kid which is pretty cool!

  6. YOU GUYS ARE SO CUTE. My sister and I always used to pretend we were servant girls who were actually the long-lost daughters of royalty - maybe we like each others' blogs because actually we're descended from the Japanese and Chinese imperial courts? ;) I know one of my ancestors on my Mum's side was a Mandarin imperial scholar, so maybe it's not too far from the truth...Would love to know what comes up for you on Find My Past! xx

  7. omg these pictures are so adorable! i love looking up my family heritage. there are some areas that are fuzzy and blank and i always told my husband how i would love to go to korea and re-trace the steps of my mom through her old school records, scattered family, meeting friends, etc. :)

  8. Well I'm definitely mad I didn't see this until now because I would have loved to explore. But OMG LITTLE YOU HOW FREAKING CUTE ARE YOU!?!!?


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