You have a couple of days left to take advantage of these free database offers from sites where you’d normally need to subscribe or hope your library subscribes:
- Ancestry.com has made its marriage records collection free to search through April 21 at midnight ET. These records are great sources for female ancestors’ maiden names and sometimes the couples’ parents’ names, in addition to the marriage date and place. You’ll need to register for a free account, if you don’t already have one, to view records.
- ProQuest’s Historic MapWorks Library Edition (link to it from this page) is free to at-home users through April 20 in honor of National Library Week. Here, you can browse by place or search for an address, keyword or GPS coordinates to find old landowner and other maps. (The landowner maps aren’t indexed by name here, so you need to search for the place and then find the person’s name on a map.) You can download maps and overlay the maps with Google maps to pinpoint the modern location.
I searched for Colerain township in Ohio, in hopes of finding the location of my Depenbrock relatives’ farm—and I found it. This is part of an 1884 township map; I’ve highlighted the farm.
The Depenbrock property borders on the land of my great-great-grandmother’s brother’s wife’s family.