Posted by Ancestry Team on October 7, 2013 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Family History Month, Website

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  You have to be registered, but not a subscriber.

  1. 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.
  2. Index to Find a Grave Entries. Yes, 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Washington, Marriage Records, 1865-2004. This database contains both images of and indexes extracted from various records of marriages in Washington.

    From the Washington Marriages Data Collection
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. From the Slave Registers Data Collection
    From the Slave Registers Data Collection

    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.

  9. 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.
  10. 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

Happy Searching!


  1. Mark Stickle

    When did you start implementing a $199 a year charge for accessing public member trees? I never use them for documentation, but they are great to get pointers and tips for research. So, I was really disappointed to discover this new charge today when I started to work a new line. I know you guys are hard up for money but this is a bit extreme.

  2. Shelley

    What’s abusive about Mr. Sticlkle’s comment? It’s a fact. It is very frustrating when a person has limited income and can’t afford the expensive cost of joining genealogy sites to get any information. A person can only go so far and then you hit a brick wall, and your site becomes totally useless. Isn’t it a mandate of the Morman Church that you search your family tree. Well, that sure creates a big obstacle for people. At least give people some incentive to stop by. Maybe you could have a monthly drawing for a free years membership. Or if a person volunteers to index records give them free use of the website.
    Just my opinion.
    Respectfully yours

  3. Kristin

    Ah, #4, Washington Marriage Records. ALL the records for Pierce County from 1949-1959 are missing. This means I’ve found my great grandparents, my grandparents, my great uncles and great aunts, and my own marriage record….just not my parents, aunts, uncles, or anyone in that age range. LOL.

  4. Lynette

    #9, Nevada Marriages… My own marriage is listed there, and will lead someone to believe I lived in the great state of Nebraska… unfortunately, I have never drawn a breath inside those borders, or left a footprint, or even a vapor trail! Some of my ancestors, however, have! The worst part is this is one of the databases without images, therefore no corrections can be made. As with most of the resources that have images, and having some experience keying indexes for both WAP and FamilySearch, indexers can make mistakes, skip lines, etc. It is very important for people to be able to submit corrections, so, if you see something that you know is wrong, or it is obvious the indexer skipped a line, correct it!

    Also, a note to Mr. Stickle… provides all those wonderful searches and incredible number of records and databases because they pay people to key the indexes, code the databases, etc. Many other sites are volunteer, only. is indexed by volunteers, and is free to search. Volunteering as an indexer for World Archive Project will give you a discount on the yearly ancestry membership.

  5. Dena Mistrakis

    Can’t afford to pay, but I would really like to know more about who I could be related to. All my elders are deceased, so all I do know is the little bit my father told me. Family origin is Greece, where all my grandparents came from, and entered the USA was Ellis Island.

  6. Dena Mistrakis

    I don’t have a website.
    I’ve provided a foundation for investigating, but as it appears, I won’t get further. Since all my grandparents came into the USA via N.Y.’s Ellis Island, plus years ago I paid for two name plates on the wall, disappointed. The only thing that was wrong was listening to my older/only brother, who gave me wrong middlenames of my grandfathers, so as usual he played me, so neither of my folks weren’t content with a “special anniversary” gift. Once again, I was really hurt, guess he was the proverbial Son. Me, a jerk, not nice, get typical. Now my parents are deceased and I don’t have any relations my age or older to enlighten me. All due to A selfish, selfcentered #1 son. Bummer

  7. Dena Mistrakis

    It’s really sad that a brother enjoyed destroying my relations with family, I just got stuck with bills, he got to go to Greece and was able to see where family came from, I never even got back to N.Y. So sad all the way around, especially when your own brother took pleasure in what he’s done my entire life. Thank God I know.

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