Ancestry’s 15th Birthday

Ancestry is celebrating it’s 15th birthday by giving you free access to one collection for 15 minutes each day for 15 days. Here is their press release…..

Over the next couple of weeks, we’re giving you free access to some of our most popular collections from around the world. Better yet, we’re helping you make the most of them with a series of quick tutorials. All you need is a spare 15 minutes every day!

From October 1st-15th, we’re making another top collection free every day. From Australian electoral rolls to World War I documents, you’ll have access to all kinds of records, many of which are usually only available to our Worldwide members.

With each free collection, we’ll provide a tutorial right here on our blog. These helpful articles will give you a taste of what you can find in the records, and suggest some quick tricks you can try in a quarter of an hour.

Don’t worry if you miss a day – after they become available, the collections will be free right up to the 15th. And of course, we’ll leave our tutorials up indefinitely, so you can keep coming back and trying our tips.

By the time you’ve finished, you’ll have several new places to look for your ancestors, and some great tricks to help you uncover their stories. Just remember to keep checking this blog every day for the latest tutorial.

Here’s a full list of the collections we’re making free each day:

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

* 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 with your name and email address.

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