Money a little tight? Are you looking for a free way to get a relative hooked on family history? (Aren’t we all?)
Creating trees on Ancestry is always free — you just need to register. Check out these free data collections to help fill in some branches:
- 1940 US Census: Find one ancestor in here and you can get your tree started in no time.
- 1880 US Census: Find your ancestors in here and you may have a Civil War connection.
- Web: Obituary Daily Times Index, 1995-Current: We scan the web so you don’t have to. The Obituary Daily Times Index has over 15 million records for you to view.
- US Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project): The World Archives Project contributors index millions of records and the indexes are free.
- 1881 England Census: Have English ancestors? Look for them in the 1881 England Census
- England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915: Find English and Welsh birth in this index courtesy of the FreeBMD contributors.
- JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR): Jewish ancestry? Check for burials in JOWBR.
- Message Boards and RootsWeb: Lots of helpful advice, family trees, data, and other information in these two locations.
- Find A Grave: Millions of grave markers have been photographed and memorialized. It pays to check this site often.
- War of 1812 Pension Files: Supported by donations, the 1812 pension files on Fold3 are free. More than 1.4 million images are already online.
So go take a look or send someone who thinks they might be interested to one of these data collections. It could be the start of a lifelong family history journey!