Free Access to Ancestry’s Historical Newspaper Collection Thru June 19th

From the Ancestry’s 24/7 Family History Circle Blog:

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Ancestry has added 20 million images to its Historical Newspaper Collection—doubling the collection in size! And to celebrate, they’re offering free access to the entire collection through 19 June 2008. Click here to start searching now.

More information on this huge launch is also available on the Ancestry blog.

Advertisements’s Military Collection Free to Access thru May 31st

From the Press Release:

Free Public Access on
To commemorate the agreement on the eve of Memorial Day, is making its entire U.S. Military Collection — the largest online collection of American military records — available for free to the public. From May 20 through May 31, people can log on to to view more than 100 million names and 700 titles and databases of military records, the majority of which come from NARA, from all 50 U.S. states.

Free Access to Select Records during Black History Month

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.

  • – 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. Subscription on the “Cheap”

Back in October I posted about a deal was offering on Family Tree Maker version 16 that included a 1 year subscription to – read the complete post here.

Back then this particular software was selling for $29.95. They have since increased the price to $59.95, but that is still a terrific deal on a 1 year subscription. The cheapest you can find this subscription anywhere is $99.95. So if you have been wanting to subscribe, but want to pay less… now is your chance.

Just a note about “how” to get the subscription. There are instructions in the package on how to do it from the software once you install. I couldn’t get it to work that way. So I called Ancestry’s Billing Department (1-800- Ancestry, select option for billing) and told them my dilemma. The rep asked for the barcode from the box and forwarded my information over to the department that handles those requests and said I should hear back from them by the next day and if not she gave me her name and extension to call back. This was AFTER 6pm CDT. Within 1/2 hour of the call, my current ancestry subscription had been extended for one year and I had an email confirmation of it… I was VERY impressed with the fast response.

Newspaper Archive creates

Newspaper Archive, a newspaper subscription site, has created a new website that appears to have extracted articles regarding tornado events from newspapers currently in the company’s subscription database. The website is free to search and you can view most of the articles in pdf form for free as well (some indicate premium content).

I searched for my home county of “Chilton County” and “Alabama” and turned up 39 articles… I then tried various localities in Chilton County and got even more hits.

I did note that some of the “hits” appeared to be linked to the incorrect article … there was a tornado article when the pdf opened just not from the date I expected from the “snippet” given.

All in all I did find some new articles about tornadoes and the after-effects. I have a great grandmother who died in the March 21, 1932 tornado to pass through Alabama so I am always on the lookout for more information about that day.

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Happy searching!


New opportunity from FamilySearch Labs

FamilySearch Labs (part of the LDS) is taking volunteers as a part of their Historical Records and Images project. Currently they have placed records at the test site, some indexed and some not indexed for those chosen to be a volunteer tester.  Each tester is asked to use the records and report the ease of use and/or any technical problems. They are specifically wanting to know how easy it is the find un-indexed records.

I signed up as a volunteer last week and received my acceptance email over the weekend. If you are chosen as a volunteer, you will have access to images such as the 1900 U.S. Census, WWII Draft Registration Cards, Ohio Death Certificates 1908-1953 and Utah Death Certificates 1904-1956 – some of which are partially or fully indexed.

To volunteer, go the following page: Historic Records and Images Project

Good luck – I hope you get chosen!