The Barbour Collection – Fee or Free

The Barbour Collection is the best early vital records collection for Connecticut birth, marriage, and death records, aside from town vital records. It's named after Lucius B. Barbour, Connecticut’s examiner of public records in the early 1900s. It's a statewide index of Connecticut birth, marriage, and death records listed alphabetically and by towns. The date ranges vary by town, based on when the town was created and started keeping records. In Connecticut, by law, each town was and still is responsible for keeping and maintaining the birth records, marriage records, and death records for that town. Barbour, as well as those he enlisted, went town to town copying these vital records. They attempted to compile records through 1850 but some towns have records up to 1870. The Barbour Collection is not complete, and AmericanAncestors (NEHGS) has a great article explaining some known deficiencies. Fee options for the Barbour Collection AmericanAncestors.com AmericanAnc…
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Fee or Free Online Books

I use online books all the time in my family history research. From city directories to county histories to family genealogies, I'm always turning to online books for hints as to where my family might have lived. Here are some fee and free offerings that I've found helpful (and a few that I've never needed but that might be helpful in your research).     FEE Ancestry catalog The Ancestry Card Catalog (I linked to a random page in their book search) has many useful genealogy books that are only available with an Ancestry Subscription. If you don't have a subscription at Ancestry you can always copy the title of the book and author and search the free sites to see if it's available somewhere else. (FamilySearch Books, Internet Archive, HathiBooks, and Google Books-free are the first places I would look.) Ancestry does offer a couple great resource books for free, please see below for more info. MyHeritage Book Matching MyHeritage has over 400,000 digitized …
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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 FreeCen - this is…
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