Ancestry.co.uk Blog » 15 minutes with 15 collections http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk The official Ancestry.co.uk blog Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:06:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 FREE* today – Quebec church recordshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/2011/10/12/free-today-%e2%80%93-quebec-church-records/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/2011/10/12/free-today-%e2%80%93-quebec-church-records/#comments Wed, 12 Oct 2011 06:00:53 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/?p=2890 Are you keeping up with our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown? Remember, there are now a whopping 12 free collections for you to search! Today, we’ve made our Quebec Vital and Church Records, 1621-1967, available for everyone to use. They’ll stay that way until October 15th. Quebec is an unusual case in family history,… Read more

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Are you keeping up with our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown? Remember, there are now a whopping 12 free collections for you to search! Today, we’ve made our Quebec Vital and Church Records, 1621-1967, available for everyone to use. They’ll stay that way until October 15th.

Quebec is an unusual case in family history, as it had no civil registrations of births, marriages and deaths until as late as 1994. That means the province’s church registers are the most comprehensive records of all but the most recent events. Our collection reveals over 14 million baptisms, marriages and burials across four centuries of history.

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Like most parish registers, our Quebec records are largely handwritten. This can make them difficult to read, particularly if they were created in the 17th and 18th centuries. It can help if you create an alphabet chart – go through the entire document, and copy down upper and lower case examples of each letter. You can then refer to your chart when you come up against more difficult words.

Come back tomorrow for free access to our 1930 United States Federal Census.

See all our free record collections this month.

* Each collection will become available to search for free from 7am BST on the relevant day.  All collections will be available to search until 12 midnight BST on 15 October 2011.  To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address.

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FREE* today – American announcementshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/2011/10/11/free-today-%e2%80%93-american-announcements/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/2011/10/11/free-today-%e2%80%93-american-announcements/#comments Tue, 11 Oct 2011 08:58:25 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/?p=2884 It’s day eleven of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown! Today, we’ve made our US Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage & Death Announcements, 1851-2003, completely free for everyone to use. It’ll stay that way until October 15th. Newspapers have been running birth, marriage and death announcements ever since they were invented. Our collection includes cuttings… Read more

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It’s day eleven of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown! Today, we’ve made our US Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage & Death Announcements, 1851-2003, completely free for everyone to use. It’ll stay that way until October 15th.

Newspapers have been running birth, marriage and death announcements ever since they were invented. Our collection includes cuttings from some of the USA’s largest publications across more than 150 years. As well as names, dates and places you’ll often find extra details, such as the name of the vicar at a wedding or the weight of a baby – we’ve found one reported at 28 pounds!

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When you search for a name, we automatically look for other names that are similar. However, you can make your searches more precise by changing your settings. Click ‘Show Advanced’, then select ‘Use default settings’ underneath the Name boxes. You’ll see three options to refine your searches: ‘Phonetic matches’ includes names that sound similar to your entry, such as Eoign for Owen; ‘Similar variations’ looks for common variations, like Will for William; and ‘Initial variations’ includes records that just use a first letter, such as M for Martin. 

Come back tomorrow for free access to our Quebec Vital and Church Records, 1621-1967.

See all our free record collections this month

* Each collection will become available to search for free from 7am BST on the relevant day.  All collections will be available to search until 12 midnight BST on 15 October 2011.  To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address.

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FREE* today – England & Wales birthshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/2011/10/10/free-today-%e2%80%93-england-wales-births/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/2011/10/10/free-today-%e2%80%93-england-wales-births/#comments Mon, 10 Oct 2011 06:00:21 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/?p=2879 It’s day ten of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown! Today, we’ve made our England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005, completely free for everyone to use. It’ll stay that way until October 15th. Our Birth, Marriage & Death Indexes provide the essential building blocks for your family tree. Our early indexes covering 1837 to… Read more

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It’s day ten of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown! Today, we’ve made our England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005, completely free for everyone to use. It’ll stay that way until October 15th.

Our Birth, Marriage & Death Indexes provide the essential building blocks for your family tree. Our early indexes covering 1837 to 1915 are always free, so for the next few days you can discover your ancestors’ births across almost 200 years. The indexes reveal each child’s name plus an approximate date and place and birth, and you can then buy copies of their birth certificates for more detailed information.

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These more recent birth indexes include the mother’s maiden name, which means you can use it in your search. It’s worth taking the time to find it out if you can, as it can really help to narrow down your results or distinguish between two people with the same name. The older indexes rely on your best guesses of names, dates and places.

Come back tomorrow for free access to our US Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage & Death Announcements, 1851-2003.

See all our free record collections this month

* Each collection will become available to search for free from 7am BST on the relevant day.  All collections will be available to search until 12 midnight BST on 15 October 2011.  To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address.

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FREE* today – American WWI heroeshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/2011/10/09/free-today-%e2%80%93-american-wwi-heroes/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/2011/10/09/free-today-%e2%80%93-american-wwi-heroes/#comments Sun, 09 Oct 2011 06:00:53 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/?p=2875 It’s day nine of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown! Today, we’ve made our US WW I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, completely FREE for everyone to use. They’ll stay that way until October 15th. When the United States entered World War I in April 1917, their Armed Forces began a huge recruitment drive. Every male… Read more

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It’s day nine of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown! Today, we’ve made our US WW I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, completely FREE for everyone to use. They’ll stay that way until October 15th.

When the United States entered World War I in April 1917, their Armed Forces began a huge recruitment drive. Every male in the country aged between 18 and 45 – around 24 million men – had to register for a draft. The resulting registration cards provide a snapshot of a generation, revealing each potential soldier’s address, date and place of birth, country of citizenship, occupation and a physical description.

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The period leading up to WWI saw huge immigration into the USA. While non-US citizens weren’t required to fight, they did have to register as part of the draft. So, if you have ancestors who sailed over from Europe, and were within the right age group, you should be able to find them in our records.

Come back tomorrow for free access to our England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005.

See all our free record collections this month
* Each collection will become available to search for free from 7am BST on the relevant day.  All collections will be available to search until 12 midnight BST on 15 October 2011.  To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address.

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FREE* today – Swedish birthshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/2011/10/08/free-today-%e2%80%93-swedish-births/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/2011/10/08/free-today-%e2%80%93-swedish-births/#comments Sat, 08 Oct 2011 06:32:17 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/?p=2870 We’ve reached the half-way point in our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown! For today’s treat, we’ve made our Births from the Swedish Death Index, 1947-2006, completely free for everyone to use. They’ll stay that way until October 15th. This is a great opportunity to try your hand at an unusual collection from overseas. The… Read more

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We’ve reached the half-way point in our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown! For today’s treat, we’ve made our Births from the Swedish Death Index, 1947-2006, completely free for everyone to use. They’ll stay that way until October 15th.

This is a great opportunity to try your hand at an unusual collection from overseas. The records actually include people who died in Sweden between 1947 and 2006. However, volunteers have painstakingly extracted information about each person’s date and place of birth, creating a unique resource.

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Because these records are written in Swedish, it usually won’t work if you search using English spellings of place names. Instead, take the time to find out the local name for a village or town you’re interested in. For example, Gothenburg in Swedish is Göteborg, while the country itself is called Sverige.

Come back tomorrow for free access to our US WW I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.

See all our free record collections this month.

* Each collection will become available to search for free from 7am BST on the relevant day.  All collections will be available to search until 12 midnight BST on 15 October 2011.  To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address.

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FREE* today – Texas birthshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/2011/10/07/free-today-%e2%80%93-texas-births/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/2011/10/07/free-today-%e2%80%93-texas-births/#comments Fri, 07 Oct 2011 06:00:53 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/?p=2850 It’s day seven of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections ’ countdown! Today, we’ve made our Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 , completely FREE for everyone to use. It’ll stay that way until October 15th. Texas is the second largest American state by both area and population. Our index reveals over 15 million births across almost… Read more

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It’s day seven of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections ’ countdown! Today, we’ve made our Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 , completely FREE for everyone to use. It’ll stay that way until October 15th.

Texas is the second largest American state by both area and population. Our index reveals over 15 million births across almost a century of history. For each child, you can discover their full name, sex and where and when they were born – while some entries also provide both parents’ names.

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If you have more information about the people in our records, or you believe you’ve found a mistake, you can add your own updates to our transcriptions. View the original record and click ‘View All’ in the top-left corner. You’ll see the transcribed details at the bottom – find the line for your ancestor, then click ‘Add Update’. Our search engine will be able to see anything you add, so other members can benefit from your knowledge.

Come back tomorrow for free access to our Births from the Swedish Death Index, 1947-2006.

See all our free record collections this month.

* Each collection will become available to search for free from 7am BST on the relevant day.  All collections will be available to search until 12 midnight BST on 15 October 2011.  To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address.

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FREE* today – Australian electoral rollshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/2011/10/06/free-today-%e2%80%93-australian-electoral-rolls/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/2011/10/06/free-today-%e2%80%93-australian-electoral-rolls/#comments Thu, 06 Oct 2011 06:51:14 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/?p=2845 Don’t miss today’s installment of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ series! For our sixth free collection, we’ve made our Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1954, available for everyone to use. They’ll stay that way until October 15th. From the arrival of the ‘First Fleet’ in 1788, British migrants were largely responsible for populating Australia. You’ll find… Read more

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Don’t miss today’s installment of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ series! For our sixth free collection, we’ve made our Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1954, available for everyone to use. They’ll stay that way until October 15th.

From the arrival of the ‘First Fleet’ in 1788, British migrants were largely responsible for populating Australia. You’ll find thousands of these travelers – and their descendents – in our electoral rolls, together with their genders, addresses and occupations.

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When you’re searching our electoral rolls, it’s important to remember that they cover a number of years within a single collection. That means that your ancestors may well turn up several times – instead of just finding the best result, you should keep looking for further matches. It’s even possible that you could come across the same person in two different places in the same year.

Come back tomorrow for free access to our Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997.

See all our free record collections this month 
* Each collection will become available to search for free from 7am BST on the relevant day.  All collections will be available to search until 12 midnight BST on 15 October 2011.  To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address.

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FREE* today – 1920 USA Censushttp://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/2011/10/05/free-today-%e2%80%93-1920-usa-census/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/2011/10/05/free-today-%e2%80%93-1920-usa-census/#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2011 06:00:23 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/?p=2839 It’s day five of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown! Today, we’ve made our 1920 United States Federal Census, completely free for everyone to use. It’ll stay that way until October 15th. The 1920 US Census is one of the largest collections on our site, with over 100 million names included. It’s also among… Read more

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It’s day five of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown! Today, we’ve made our 1920 United States Federal Census, completely free for everyone to use. It’ll stay that way until October 15th.

The 1920 US Census is one of the largest collections on our site, with over 100 million names included. It’s also among the most useful, as it reveals several key details not included on UK censuses – such as the year each person arrived in the States, their native language and their parents’ places of birth.

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When you find an ancestor in one of our records, you’ll want to make sure you don’t lose them again. A great way to keep track is to link records to relatives in your family tree. To do this, view the original record image, then click Save in the top-right corner. Select ‘Attach this record to your tree’, then simply choose which person you want to link it to and click Attach.

Come back tomorrow for free access to our Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1954.

See all our free record collections this month.
* Each collection will become available to search for free from 7am BST on the relevant day.  All collections will be available to search until 12 midnight BST on 15 October 2011.  To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address.

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FREE* today – German WWI recordshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/2011/10/04/free-today-%e2%80%93-german-wwi-records/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/2011/10/04/free-today-%e2%80%93-german-wwi-records/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2011 06:00:06 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/?p=2834 Are you making the most of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections countdown? Remember, there are now four free collections for you to search! Today, we’ve made our Bavaria, Germany, WWI Personnel Rosters, 1914-1918, completely free for everyone to use. They’ll stay that way until October 15th. Even if you have no German roots, these… Read more

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Are you making the most of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections countdown? Remember, there are now four free collections for you to search! Today, we’ve made our Bavaria, Germany, WWI Personnel Rosters, 1914-1918, completely free for everyone to use. They’ll stay that way until October 15th.

Even if you have no German roots, these records provide a rare opportunity to view World War I from the ‘other side’. They shed light on the military careers of soldiers serving in Bavarian Army units, giving you their names, ranks, birthplaces, occupations and countless other details, along with blow-by-blow accounts of their movements during the War.

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As you’d expect, these original documents are written in German. Still, it’s possible to understand them even if you can’t read the language. Read down the columns, or through the next few pages, and look out for obvious first names like Boris or Hans, surnames such as Schmidt and Jansen, places like München or Dresden and clear dates. Note which columns these appear in, and you can go back to your original entry with a better understanding of what you’re looking at.

Come back tomorrow for free access to our 1920 US Federal Census.

See all our free record collections this month

* Each collection will become available to search for free from 7am BST on the relevant day.  All collections will be available to search until 12 midnight BST on 15 October 2011.  To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address.

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FREE* today – American marriageshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/2011/10/03/free-today-%e2%80%93-american-marriages/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/2011/10/03/free-today-%e2%80%93-american-marriages/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2011 06:00:10 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/?p=2828 It’s day three of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown! Today, we’ve made our California Marriage Index, 1960-1985, completely free for everyone to use. They’ll stay that way until October 15th. California has a higher proportion of immigrants than any other part of America. Our index reveals over 4.8 million marriages from all over… Read more

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It’s day three of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown! Today, we’ve made our California Marriage Index, 1960-1985, completely free for everyone to use. They’ll stay that way until October 15th.

California has a higher proportion of immigrants than any other part of America. Our index reveals over 4.8 million marriages from all over the state between 1960 and 1985, telling you the bride and groom’s names and ages, plus where and when they married.

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Once you’ve found ancestors in the index, it’s a great idea to order their full certificate. Unlike in Britain, these aren’t held by a single national organisation – you need to contact the relevant county recorder or clerk. The index gives you the location – in most cases you can simply search for this place name alongside ‘county clerk’ at Google to find the information you need.

Come back tomorrow for free access to our Bavaria, Germany, WWI Personnel Rosters, 1914-1918 . See all our free record collections this month.

See all our free record collections this month 

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