A few tidbits that are really nice to know about. I already found one family will in the FREE Ancestry offering. It’s the will of Gottried Rohr of Watertown, Wisconsin. He is my Great Great Great Step Grandfather. He married my Maria (Kuschke) Fischer in Germany after her husband died.
- From the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s free The Weekly Genealogist: “In commemoration of Labor Day, American Ancestors and NEHGS offer a week of FREE access to some of our most popular American Ancestors databases. In these resources containing census, tax, and voter list information, you might just find your ancestors diligently at work. Register as a FREE Guest User on AmericanAncestors.org and enjoy making new discoveries about your family history–where, unfortunately, the work is never done. Available through Wednesday, September 9, at americanancestors.org/laborday.”
- Ancestry.com has added more wills and related information. From its Facebook page: “Ancestry has launched the largest online collection of wills and probate records in the United States, with more than 170 million pages and searchable records included from all 50 states spread over 337 years (1668-2005). This unprecedented collection launches a new category of records for family history research never before available online at this scale the United States. Search this new collection for your ancestors today thru September 7th FREE: http://ancstry.me/1Vwe2oR” Read the article by Juliana Szucs for some neat examples http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/09/02/u-s-probates-are-here/
Please remember that these are great opportunities and have extensive information but that not everything from everywhere is included. That applies to other databases, too. We still need to use records on microfilm, at courthouses, state archives, and other places to discover all our family records.
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