If you use online census tools, you may have noticed an irony involving the 1880 census. Web-surfing researchers had two terrific resources: a free every-name index at Family Search <www.familysearch.com> and subscription-based access to actual census images at Ancestry.com <Ancestry.com >. These tools made searching the 1880 census more convenient — but unfortunately, you couldn’t use them in tandem.
The partnership means some — but not all — users will be able to view the census images for free. Patrons of the Family History Library and branch Family History Centers can access the digital images on-site at no charge, as can members of the LDS church who sign on or register as members through FamilySearch. Other FamilySearch visitors can access the images for 30 days for $9.95.
This venture may be just the first joint effort from the two genealogy giants — MyFamily.com and the LDS church are reportedly considering more projects.