Wednesday, 13 April 2016

One billion US records free at NEHGS until 20 April

Free access expires 20 April
America's oldest genealogical society, the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), is offering free access to the one billion records held in its database.

The records span the US and beyond.

For Irish family historians, this opportunity is not to be missed as the database is full of records of Irish men and women who emigrated to the US in the hope of a better life.

I've dipped in this morning and found at least a dozen Santrys to follow up, and that's after only spending half an hour looking through its vital records, journals and immigration collections; I haven't even started to search the 1,327 Santrys in the census, tax and voter collection!

Fortunately, the free access will continue until next Wednesday, 20 April, so I should be able to work through all the search results and maybe even seek out records of family on other branches.

To take advantage of this unprecedented promotion, you need only to register as a Guest User. Registering is straightforward and free. No financial information is requested.

Ordinarily, Guest Users are allowed only a sampling of the vast offerings that NEHGS provides family historians of all levels. This current promotion offers the Society's entire collection of online content for free. Don't miss it.