Friday 19 April 2019

This Easter sees biggest ever free access to Ancestry

This Easter, Ancestry is opening up a huge collection of Irish, British and Commonwealth records to free access. The company says this collection of more than one billion records is its biggest ever free access offer. the collection are records from Ireland – civil bmd indexes, RC parish registers, land records, Ancestry's huge library of city and regional trade directories spanning 1848 to 1946, passenger lists, Poor Law Removals from England, military and policemen records, and much more – as well as a huge mix of record sets from the UK, Channel Islands, Australia, Canada (English and French), New Zealand and West Indies.

See a full list of all the featured record sets here.

The period of free access runs until 23:59pm GMT, Monday 22 April.

To view these records you will need to register with Ancestry UK by providing your name and email address. Ancestry then issues a user name and password. It's a very straightforward and automated process. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an Ancestry subscription.