Subscription site Ancestry.ca, the Canadian sister site to Ancestry.com, is celebrating All Saints Day by making many of its historic records from France—roughly 50 million names—free to search from this Saturday, Oct. 30, to Nov. 1.
This weekend’s free Ancestry.ca records include:
- Paris, France records, featuring more than 200 years of birth, marriage and death records
- Marne, and Saone-et-Loire, France, birth, marriage and death collections, which feature vital records spanning nearly 400 years
- Upper Brittany, France, records collection, including rare immigration and military records, as well as vital records dating back to the early 1500s
- Marseilles, France Marriages, 1810-1915, with nearly half a million records
You can see the French records collection and access the free databases (starting Saturday, Oct. 30) at <ancestry.ca/toussaint>. (You’ll need to set up a free registration with the site to view your search results.)
All Saints Day, Nov. 1 in Western Christianity, is a celebration of all the saints. It’s sometimes called All Hallows or Hallowmas. The night before, or “All Hallows Even,” is believed to provide the origin for the word Halloween.