The Fourth of July holiday brings goodies for genealogists with early American ancestors (and some later ancestors, too—see below):
Through Sunday, July 5, Ancestry.com is giving free access to its 160 million birth, marriage, death and divorce records from the original 13 colonies. This includes the recently released collection of Virginia vital records.
Here’s a list of the collections included in this free offer. Take a look even if your East Coast ancestors arrived after the Colonial period: Many of the collections extend beyond that era. For example, Amelia County, Virginia, Births, has records up to 1896. I also noticed several West Virginia databases included.
You’ll need to sign up for a free guest registration in order to view records matching your search results. If you want to download a record image to your computer or save a record to an Ancestry member tree, you’ll need to subscribe or sign up for a free trial, which requires entering credit card info.
If your Ancestry.com searches are coming up empty (or overflowing), you feel like you’re not getting everything you could out of your Ancestry.com subscription, or you want to know more about using Ancestry DNA, don’t miss our upcoming How to Maximize Ancestry.com one-week online workshop!