11 March 2010

Free Census Records online - for a limited time

I found the following announcement on the Genealogy Insider blog:

"Footnote's Census Records: Free for a Limited Time

"Posted by Diane

"Historical records subscription site Footnote is making its US census records free for a limited time.

"Footnote spokesperson Justin Schroepfer says there’s not yet a firm ending date, but the records will be free at least through the end of this month. You’ll need to register as a free member to view the records. Footnote is carrying out plans to host the complete US census back to 1790. Here are the census records on the site so far:

"the complete 1860 census
5 percent of 1900
3 percent of 1910
3 percent of 1920
98 percent of 1930

"When you find a relative’s record, click the “I’m Related” button for a name on the document to identify yourself as a relative and see others who’ve done the same. You also can see others’ photos, stories and comments related to the record. (See Footnote’s tips for starting family history and making the most of its interactive census collection.)

"The offer will help Footnote capture the family history interest stirred up by network television programs such as “Who Do You Think You Are?” and “Faces of America.” The getting-started page bills Footnote as the “unofficial, affordable and premiere resource for Who Do You Think You Are?”

"Footnote also has launched its improved record viewer, which I blogged about yesterday."

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