The latest commercial database to provide free access during these trying days is The Genealogist. The company is giving three months free access to some of its collections.
The Genealogist's home page states access to their selected databases involves No card details, no subscription, just completely free. The collections in their offer include:
the 1911 Census for England and Wales;
Births, Marriages and Deaths for England and Wales;
the Image Archive;
a collection of digital magazines Discover Your Ancestors covering the editions for April 1919 to June 2020.
The access is aimed at the beginner, hence calling their free offer First Steps. However, I find The Genealogist is a very useful adjunct to the other major databases, Ancestry and Find My Past. It is easy and fairly intuitive to use. In particular, I like the ability to search by given name only plus the attractive way they display index records and transcriptions. One of the most useful features though is the link to family members from the record open on the screen.
Above : A sample record from the Birth Marriages and Deaths collection.
There's not a lot in this free access to attract the experienced genealogist but it's a useful look at the The Genealogist's product and its interface. Also, if you don't have access to Ancestry and/or Find My Past at home, then you never know when you will want to look up the 1911 Census or BDMs. Also 15 months of their 30-page magazine will provide hours of relevant reading entertainment.
If nothing else, this is very good marketing on The Genealogist's part. If you haven't already, I recommend taking advantage of their offer.
Above : The Genealogist's Discover Your Ancestors digital magazine
If you know anyone who has British ancestry and is just starting out on their family history journey or who you think might be interested in this free opportunity, please don't hesitate in sharing this blog post.
I hope you are having an enjoyable Easter with your family.
Happy ancestor hunting.
Your Family Genealogist
Pictures : from Pixabay and The Genealogist