We’ve received word of two FREE genealogy record collections you can mine this Labor Day weekend. They include wills, censuses and other records that might be on your most-wanted list:
- In celebration of its new collection of indexed wills from all 50 states, Ancestry.com is opening up its US birth, marriage and death records (which include the new wills) for free through the end of Monday, Sept. 7. When you click to view the actual records, you’ll be prompted to sign up for a free basic account, which is required to see the record. Note that a free basic account does not require credit card info, and is different from a free trial. (You’ll also get offers to sign up for a free trial, but it’s not required to view the record.) Start searching the free US birth, marriage and death records here.
You can bet I searched the wills, and I found a few interesting clues I’ll share in a future post. The will collection isn’t complete for every county or state, but it’s most definitely worth a shot.
Another important note is that the wills collection is viewable only in the new version of Ancestry.com. If you’re in the old site, look at the top right corner and click the arrow by your user name to switch to the new site.
- And to commemorate the Labor Day holiday, the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is giving free access to databases in its Census, Tax, and Voter List category on AmericanAncestors.org. This category has 40 databases mostly focusing on New England families between the 18th and 20th centuries, but it also includes databases such as Ohio: Tax Records 1800-1850 and Free Negro Heads of Families in the United States in 1830, and Germany: Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1890 (here’s a list of databases in this category).
The free access runs through Wednesday, Sept. 9. You’ll need to set up a free guest registration (or sign in if you already have a free guest account) to view the records. Click here to start searching the free Census, Tax and Voter List records on AmericanAncestors.org.