Don’t you just love the word Free? It’s one of my favorites! So just to start the week off right here are 10 free data collections on Ancestry.com. You have to be registered, but not a subscriber.
- 1880 Census. This is the first census where the U.S Government decided to record relationship to head of household. For that alone, you have to spend time in it.
- Index to Find a Grave Entries. Yes, Ancestry.com just acquired the company, and plan on keeping it a free offering. And we’ve been indexing it and that index has been free for a while.
- 1930 Mexico National Census. Mexico’s 1930 national census (“El Quinto Censo General de Población y Vivienda 1930, México”) is both the largest and most recent Mexican census to be made available to the public. Mexican officials sought to make the 1930 census a vehicle for national unity, and it was accompanied by an aggressive propaganda campaign urging citizens to take part as a civic duty. The census was taken on 15 May 1930 and is considered one of the best Mexican censuses conducted in the 20th century.
- Washington, Marriage Records, 1865-2004. This database contains both images of and indexes extracted from various records of marriages in Washington.
- JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR). The JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) is a database of names and other identifying information from cemeteries and burial records worldwide, from the earliest records to the present. It is a compilation of two linked databases: a database of burial records, and a database of information about each particular cemetery. JOWBR’s aim is to catalog extant data Jewish cemeteries and burial records worldwide.
- Poland, Jewish Records Indexing-Poland, Births, 1550-1993. This database contains an index to Jewish birth records in Poland from the 19th century. The index is created from records available on microfilm at the LDS Family History Library (and Family History Centers) from original records microfilmed at the Polish State Archives.
- Australian Convict Index, 1788-1868. The accepted authoritative work on Australian convicts is Charles Bateson’s Convict Ships (Library of Australian History, out of print); in it, Bateson states that 160,151 total convicts were sent to Australia. Although most of the convicts were from the British Isles, some were also from various British colonies
Slave Registers of former British Colonial Dependencies, 1812-1834. In 1807 The Abolition of Slave Trade Act came into force. The act made the trade in slaves from Africa to the British colonies illegal. To combat illicit transportation following this act many of the British Colonies began keeping registers of black slaves who had been so-called “lawfully enslaved”. In 1819 the Office for the Registry of Colonial Slaves was established in London and copies of the slave registers kept by the colonies were sent to this office. Registration generally occurred once every three years. The registers continue through to 1834 when slavery was officially abolished.
- Nevada Marriages, 1860-1987. This database contains information on individuals who were married in select areas of Nevada between 1860 and 1987. Note that not all counties are included in this index and within the counties that are included not all years within the specified year range may be covered.
- Philadelphia Bank Immigrant Passage Records, 1890-1949. In the port cities on the east coast of the United States in the late 19th and early 20th century, many charitable organizations aided immigrants arriving from Europe. The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) was one of those organizations. There were “ethnic” or “immigrant” banks in many port cities, usually conveniently located in the Jewish neighborhoods where newly-arrived immigrants tended to settle.
And don’t forget there are other free things to check out on Ancestry.com:
- Ancestry.com wiki which includes the Redbook and The Source. All free!
- Our Learning Center with free articles and videos.
- Message Boards so that you can connect with others.
- Our YouTube Channel which has free videos on all sorts of topics.
About Anne Gillespie Mitchell
Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at Ancestry.com. She is an active blogger on Ancestry.com and writes the Ancestry Anne column. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many years. Anne holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.