The 1930 US Federal Census – Fee or Free

The 1930 US Federal Census is a valuable collection for US family history research and subscription sites have invested a lot of time and money in their indexes, search capabilities, and extra features to help subscribers get the most bang for their buck. Quite a few subscription sites have the 1930 US Federal Census. MyHeritage Ancestry FindMyPast Archives (Archives.com owned by Ancestry) WorldVitalRecords (owned by MyHeritage) Fold3 (owned by Ancestry, primarily a site for military records) But, never fear, free alternatives exist, including: FamilySearch - with a free index and images online HeritageQuest - if your library subscribes to HeritageQuest, a product of ProQuest, you may have free access from your home, with a library card, to the 1930 US Federal Census index and images. (Updated as of 1/4/2018) MooseRoots no longer has the 1930 US Federal Census available. That said, I love to use a subsc…
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Fee or Free – the 1940 US Federal Census

A popular collection at MyHeritage is the 1940 US Federal Census and at MyHeritage you can do simple searches but enough of the results are behind a paywall that it's truly a subscription-only collection. The good news is, if you're looking for free alternatives, you have many options. Some of your best free alternatives include: FamilySearch-you can see the 1940 US Federal Census index and images for free (the index was created by a worldwide FamilySearch indexing volunteer effort and has been part of collection exchanges with other genealogy sites) Archives.com-you can see the 1940 US Federal Census index and images for free (Archives.com is a private company purchased by Ancestry.com, not to be confused with Archives.gov, the US National Archives) RootsPoint-you can see the 1940 US Federal Census index for free and can create a free account to view the images for free (they created their own index and search results may vary from other sites) A…
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1921 Canada Census at Ancestry – Fee or Free

UDPATE -- Rather than rewrite this blogpost, I'll just update here by saying you can now access the 1921 Canadian Census for free at Library and Archives Canada. Options to use Ancestry's collection are still valid, but both the images and index are available at LAC! One of Ancestry’s popular collections is the 1921 Canadian Census. This is the most recently published census in Canada and this collection is hard to replicate for free outside the Ancestry subscription site. It will probably cost your time and travel to truly have these records without owning an Ancestry subscription. Why this is such a great collection, from Ancestry.ca: “The Canadian censuses are a key starting point for Canadians interested in discovering their family story. They provide vital details such as names of spouses, immigration years, occupations and so much more.” Library and Archives Canada has the original 1921 Canadian Census and in a records deal with Ancestry, gave Ancestry.com exclus…
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