FindMyPast FREE till 6:59pm tonight!

I usually do a Fee or Free blog on Mondays but there's nothing I could share that would be more valuable than encouraging everyone to go explore the fee site, FindMyPast.com for FREE. They have the best British records collections online. They also specialize in Irish and Australian records and they have US and Canadian records. If you have a British or Welsh background though, don't miss this opportunity to find many parish registers online from the comfort of your home or work. It's a great place to spend your lunch break and then some! FindMyPast free access ends today, Monday, May 1st, at 6:59 pm Eastern Time. You'll need to register for a free account with your name and email address and create a password but you will not be asked to enter a credit card number, there will no present or future fee, and you can opt in or out of future emails from FindMyPast. Best in your searches, whether they're fee or free!  
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US Census Records – Fee or Free Comparison Chart

Here's a comparison chart of US Census Records available at FamilySearch and some partner websites including AmericanAncestors, Ancestry, FindMyPast, and MyHeritage. Each title links to a record collection. FamilySearch is the only entirely free collection but you can use the other links to get a feel for the look of each site. AmericanAncestors links to a general search window and you'll need to select the database, "United State Census ..." "Index only" means a site provides a name index, which is information extracted from the handwritten census record. This usually includes every name in the census, the census year, the place the record was collected, the age and gender of the family member, and possibly information about other family members living at the residence, etc. "Index and Images" means the site provides the index and an image of the handwritten census record. The image allows you to verify the extracted information, and possibly see other census information no…
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Fee or Free online 1901 Ireland Census, 1911 Ireland Census, and Griffith’s Valuation

This updates and improves the Fee or Free 1911 Ireland Census post because there's a great free option for finding the 1911 Ireland Census as well as the 1901 Ireland Census and Griffith's Valuation.   Griffiths Valuation? Everyone loves census records but here's a quick 'why do I care' explanation of Griffith's Valuation (GV). Griffith's Valuation is a census substitute for the 1800s Ireland census records. Griffith's Valuation is a property tax survey done by Sir Richard Griffith detailing all taxable property and agriculture in Ireland in the mid-1800s. Ireland suffered huge record losses in 1922 when The Public Record Office was destroyed. The 1821, 1831, 1841, and 1851 censuses were destroyed* in the fire. The 1861, 1871, 1881, and 1891 censuses had already been destroyed by government order. So Griffith's Valuation is the best census substitute for the mid-1800s in Ireland. "It covers over a million dwellings, and nearly 20 million acres, recording around 80% …
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