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This week I would have been teachingFree money
“Free Online Archives and Libraries” however,
since the FamilySearch Center is still closed, and I am still “sort of” grounded, I will give any British Isles Researchers one more temporarily free records site.

Because of the COVID 19 pandemic The National Archives [TNA] at Kew is temporarily closed, so for at least a few months, they have decided to make their digital records free to download.  Go to  The National Archives, and you will see a banner at the top of the page, which will lead you to the ‘free access to digital records’. Create your sign in and you are ready to explore and download from their digital archives.

Not all of their digital records are downloadable, but you will be able to find the ones that are downloadable by going to the Home page and clicking on ‘Help with your research’. This will get you started. A shortlist of digital records includes:

  • First and Second World Ward records
  • Military records including unit war diaries, and prisoner of war records
  • Doomsday Book
  • Maps
  • Chancery court records
  • Wills from 1384 -1858
  • Links to other collection sites

As with all archives, it will be worthwhile to first explore and learn out how to use the site. Make sure you download any records that you find worthwhile for your research and collect the source information.  One thing to keep in mind with this site is that if you want to look for a name, you will need to do that within a specific collection, so you will need to find the collection first.

It has been sort of bitter/sweet to be stuck at home, with free access to sites I normally would have to pay for. Use this time wisely and stay safe.


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If you are interested in family history aka genealogy you a books.pngneed to have a free account at familysearch.org. Even if you don’t use the collaborative tree, you
should be looking at the records. The count of digitized records just reached 2 Billion, yes with a B.

These records cover Africa and the Pacific, Asia, Europe, Middle Ease, Latin America, and North America. These records are digitized, and while not all of them are indexed yet, they are findable and viewable on family search.

Once you have signed in with your free account, you should click on the ‘Help’ tab in the upper right of the screen, go to ‘whats new’, and look at the article announcing the reaching of this milestone, and there you will find a link to a free guide with step-by-step instructions for how you can locate and search:

  • The catalog where you will find links to digital films
  • Books- where you will find books that have been digitized
  • Records- where can search collections using your ancestor’s name, locate a specific collection or browse by country. You may filter these searches by place, date or collection type.


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