It all seemed too good to be true, free access to findmypast.co.uk for the duration of the England football match this evening, but obviously I was not the only one who turned off the television and went searching for ancestors.
It is now halfway through the three hours and I have so far managed to download three images from the site. They are part of the service record for Richard GEERING of Lewes, Sussex, who is probably a relation of mine, but I haven’t got as far as the information about his next of kin to enable me to precisely identify him.
It is such a shame, it seems he had quite an interesting military career, being convicted for desertion, then for assault and final discharged for misconduct. It looks like he might have spent more time in prison than with his regiment. If only I could get the rest of his record.
I wondered if it might just be the service records that were overloaded, so I thought I would try an 1841 census search, but with the same result, their website clearly can’t cope with the demand.
I suppose I can’t complain too loud, because I haven’t had to pay for this, but I am sorry to say that findmypast deserve a red card. If we are talking football clichés then I would have to say this was a bit of an own goal.