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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England Births and Christenings – Fee or Free

England Births and Christenings 1538-1975 is a popular record collection available at subscription sites like FindMyPast, Ancestry, and MyHeritage. It's an excellent finding aid for locating parish records from England. But there's also a free version available at FamilySearch. This is an index-only collection, meaning it contains an extraction of the original record and your search won't link to images of the original records. This is also not a complete record of all births and christenings in England (not every location and time period is included). When you search for a name, you'll potentially find: Name Father's first and last name Mother's first name Year of birth Date of baptism Place of baptism FHL film number/GSU film number (microfilm of the original record) You'll still want to see the original birth/christening record and one way to do this will be to order the associated film number and view it at a local…
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