Two weeks of freebies from Ancestry

I promise that Cutlock & Co isn’t going to turn into a plugging site, but here’s another item about offerings from Ancestry worth noting.

For a couple of weeks from today, 1st October, they are giving free access to some of their most popular collections from around the world, alongside a series of quick tutorials to help you make the most of them. (At 1st October, I can’t see where these tutorials might be, but they are usually quite good for beginners.)  Ancestry is releasing a different collection every day, which is then freely available until 15th October.

Here’s the list of the fifteen record sets:

  • October 1st – US Social Security Death Index
  • October 2nd – Ireland, Griffith’s Valuation, 1848-1864
  • October 3rd – California Marriage Index, 1960-1985
  • October 4th – Bavaria, Germany, WWI Personnel Rosters, 1914-1918
  • October 5th – 1920 US Federal Census
  • October 6th – Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1954
  • October 7th – Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997
  • October 8th – Sweden, Births from the Swedish Death Index, 1947-2006
  • October 9th – US WW I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
  • October 10th – England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005
  • October 11th – Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage & Death Announcements, 1851-2003
  • October 12th – Quebec Vital and Church Records, 1621-1967
  • October 13th – 1930 US Federal Census
  • October 14th – 1901 England Census
  • October 15th – US Obituary Collection

A shame that there aren’t any travel records here, but quite a good introduction if you have never trawled the databases.

You of course need to register on Ancestry.co.uk to get access, and they will be hoping that at least a few will go on to pay for a sub. Here’s the link for more details.

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