Free access to military records available this weekend

Two major genealogy websites will be offering free access to their military records this weekend to honor the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Findmypast.com will be making its collection of world military records free from today until 7 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12.

In addition to military records, Findmypast’s archive of British, Irish and world newspapers will be free to search and explore. You will need to set up a free account to view the records.

To get started searching, go to: https://www.findmypast.com/military-family/

MyHeritage.com will also be offering free access to military records from around the world from now through Monday, Nov. 12. You will need to set up a free account to view the records.

To get started searching, go to: www.myheritage.com

MyHeritage.com offers free access to newspaper collection

To celebrate July 4th, MyHeritage.com will provide FREE access to all U.S. Newspaper collections on MyHeritage’s SuperSearch from now through July 8, 2018.

The U.S. Newspaper collection currently holds newspapers from the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Connecticut, Maine, New York, Kentucky, Indiana, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maryland, West Virginia, New Jersey, and Delaware.

To start searching this newspaper collection, go to: https://www.myheritage.com/research/category-8000/newspapers?s=343663401

Free access to marriage records on MyHeritage.com

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, MyHeritage is providing free access to love-related records in their historical records collection.

Free access is open now, through midnight, February 15.

The collections include marriage records for many states, including Illinois, Maine, Texas, Kentucky, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania and for major US cities such as New York City. The NYC License Index runs from 1908-1929 with Marriages from 1950-1995.

Internationally, some collections include:
*Piotrków Trybunalski Poland 1808-1870 marriages
*London Marriage licences, 1521-1869
*Scotland, selected Banns and Marriages c1650-c1855
*Irish Marriages 1771-1812
*Netherlands Banns and Marriages, various cities, from 1575-1938
*Australia: Victoria marriage index 1837-1942, and Australia, Marriages, 1810-1980

To get started searching, go to the Research Tab and under Birth, Marriage & Death, select Marriages and Divorces. You will see the word “free” come up in your search results.

Free webinar to compare leading genealogy websites

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Comparing the Genealogy Giants” on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m.

Should you use Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com or MyHeritage.com? Or should you be using more than one site to accomplish your family history goals?

Learn how these genealogy giants compare for historical records, online trees, DNA tools and access options. This overview of each site’s strengths and weaknesses will help you know which to use now and which to keep in mind when your research interests or budget change.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=712

MyHeritage to offer free one-day genealogy seminar

MyHeritage.com will host its first One-Day Genealogy Seminar on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Topics will be:
7 a.m. – Filling in the In-Between of the Jewish BMD
8 a.m. – Jewish Family Research Challenges
9:15 a.m. – Introduction to the Use of Autosomal DNA Testing
10:15 a.m. – Google for Genealogy: Search Tricks to Tease Out Information
11:15 a.m. – Discover Your Family History with MyHeritage
12;30 p.m. – How to Pass Your Ancestors’ Legacy to Your Grandchildren
1:30 p.m. – Advanced Autosomal DNA Techniques Used in Genetic Genealogy

All the webinars are free and can be viewed on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website. To register, go to: http://familytreewebinars.com/mhseminar

If you miss the seminar, it will be possible to view the lectures at a later date on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

MyHeritage.com offers free access to census records

MyHeritage.com will have all of its major census collections available for free until Sunday, August. 20.

The collections available are:
United States – 1790-1940
U.K. and Ireland – 1801-1911
Canada – 1825 – 1911
Sweden – 1880-1920
Finland – 1657-1915
Denmark – 1850-1930

To search for U.S. census records, go to: https://www.myheritage.com/research/category-1100/us-census

To search for U.K. and Ireland census records, go to: https://www.myheritage.com/research/category-1200/uk-ireland-census

To search Canadian census records, go to: https://www.myheritage.com/research/category-1300/canadian-census

To search records for Sweden, Finland and Denmark, go to: https://www.myheritage.com/research/category-1700/nordic-census