Friday, November 7, 2014

More Free Access for this Veteran's Weekend

In addition to the free access offered by Findmypast this weekend (see the earlier post about this), there are two other free opportunities this weekend.

Ancestry.com is giving free access to its top military records collections in honor of Veterans Day. Free access runs until 11:59 p.m. EST Nov. 11. 

You do not have to start a free trial to see the search results. However, you do have to have a free log in account to access the actual records. (Note: a free log in accounts are used to post to message boards and for online trees but do not have subscription service.) The actual search page for this free access special is hard to find so here is the link to the correct page. The splash page on Ancestry's homepage announcing the free access takes you to the free trial membership page not to the free access special.

Sweden's ArkivDigital, its online digital archive, is offering free access to its entire site on Saturday, Nov. 8, to Sunday, Nov. 9. Each year the second Saturday in November is National Archives Day in Sweden.

Note: I have not found a specific start or stop time for the free access offer by ArkivDigital. So 12:00 a.m. November 8, in Sweden (Central European Time Zone) is 6 p.m. EST November 7, here in Michigan. That means Sweden is six hours ahead of us.

ArkivDigital has church records, estate inventories, passenger ship manifests, military records, court records, amongst others.

For details on how to access this digital archive's open house see the instruction page. (Yes, the instructions are in English.) Essentially you have to register and then download some software to access the images. After downloading the software, you start it and log into the website/software.

To keep up with additions and changes to ArkivDigital you can read its new English language blog.

Have fun researching for free this weekend.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!

LE

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