Fee or Free 1841 Scotland Census

I thought I'd throw this one out there because I was surprised to learn what a near monopoly the National Records of Scotland (Scotland's Archives) has on Scottish records, including census records. There are censuses for Scotland every 10 years starting in 1801 (they didn't take one during WWII in 1941). Scotland has a 100-year privacy rule so the 1911 Scotland Census is the most recent census available to the public. The 1841 Scotland Census is the first year the censuses took names of residents so I'll start with options for this census. Spoiler alert: it's a tad bleak. FEE ScotlandsPeople - the online census website for the National Records of Scotland, i.e. a government-owned website. This is a fee site and it's not cheap. It is the only online site with an index AND images. FindMyPast - this is a subscription site with an 1851 index, no images available Ancestry - this is a subscription site with an 1851 index, no images available FREE FreeCenĀ - this is…
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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 freeĀ (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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