Brightsolid just announced a new pay-as-you-go site for US census records, 1790 to 1930, plus 1940 when it’s released later this year. It’ll be called CensusRecords.com, and is already live as as an early beta version that invites user feedback.
This is the first site that will let you search for your ancestors in the cnesus, then purchase the record with their names—a model that’ll potentially make census research more affordable and accessible to those who don’t want to commit to a genealogy website subscription.
No doubt brightsolid hopes—I know I do, too—that the pay-as-you-go service will lure casual researchers to get more involved in family history research.
Censusrecords.com visitors will be able to search for free. To view documents and download them to their computer, they can subscribe or buy pay-as-you-go credits, which start at $7.95 for 1,000 credits (good for 60 days).
Pay-as-you-go costs could add up if you’re not sure you’ve found your ancestor and have to check a bunch of records, but if you’re sure you’ve found the right folks, this could be your most cost-effective approach.
With the confluence of several factors—a growing interest in family history, economic concerns, anticipation for the 1940 census, and “Who Do You Think You Are?” showing genealogy to the masses—Censusrecords.com is poised to be a big hit. What do you think? (Hit Comments below to share your thoughts.)
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