For #FamilyHistoryMonth Day 8, check out The British Newspaper Archive for UK research. There are both fee and free options so keep reading and learn how to use it to your advantage for free.
"The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and findmypast to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's vast collection over the next 10 years."
It's free to search and you'll see snippets from each paper where they find a "hit". If you want to read the entire article you'll need a subscription plan. Don't stop here, I'm going to show you the subscription options, but you don't have to subscribe to benefit!
You can always do free, unlimited searches. If you decide it's worth it to see the entire article, choose a subscription plan, including a pay as you go option.
Now, for how you can benefit from free searches.
I did a quick search for a Welsh ancestor, Sophia Webber, from Monmouthshire. I'v…
FindMyPast is a family history company based in the UK and its primary focus is UK records but it also has U.S., Canada, and other collections as well.
FindMyPast has some exclusive images from UK parish records which are quite helpful if you have ancestry here. Some FindMyPast freebies include:
Building a free family tree, you can import a GEDCOM file or add names one by one
US Census records, including the 1790 US Census, 1830 US Census, 1840 US Census, and 1940 US Census; you'll need to register for free in order to see search results
US BillionGraves Index, FindMyPast lets you search the US BillionGraves index for free to find an ancestor's burial site, which may include a …
The US World War I Draft Registration Cards is a popular collection for finding male ancestors because it "accounts for approximately 98 percent of men in the U.S. born between 1872 and 1900. The total U.S. population in 1917-1918 was about 100 million individuals, so close to 25 percent of the total population is represented in these records."*
There were three primary registrations:
The first registration was on June 5, 1917, for all men ages 21 to 31 (specifically, men born between June 6, 1886 and June 5, 1896)
The second registration was on June 5, 1918, for all men who turned 21 after June 5, 1917, and a supplemental registration on August 24, 1918, for all men who turned 21 after June 5, 1918.
The third registration was on September 12, 1918 for all men ages 18 to 45 who had not previously enrolled.**
The US National Archives has some digitized draft registration cards for famous Americans, including this card for composer and jazz musician, …
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