February is designated as “Black History Month”. In recognition of that some of our favorite subscription databases are opening certain databases to the public for free and other have contests open to all.
- Footnote.com – Free access to include original historical records from the Amistad case, the program for the 1963 March on Washington and the Southern Claims Commission records from the Civil War. The Southern Claims Commission records are a must for those who can trace back to the Civil War era. Even those denied claims have documents.
- Buick/Ancestry.com have teamed up in conjunction with the African American Live 2 series debut. They have a contest underway (1 entry per person) – Ten lucky winners will receive a complete Ancestry DNA Test Kit. One thousand lucky winners will receive a Family History Kit consisting of Family Tree Maker Essentials software, a DVD of African American Lives and a hardcover copy of In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past. Click HERE to enter. Thanks to the Ancestry Insider for this one.