June is here, and the pandemic still is too. Though Australia and New Zealand have been lucky and are now starting to see the easing of lockdown restrictions, there are so many other countries have been tragically hit so hard. For those who are still isolating there’s still plenty of great offers going – free records, free magazines, big discounts on records and more … so make the most of this while to the COVID-19 lockdown is on. Here’s those that have been announced recently:
Ancestry Library Edition
Many societies and libraries are offering at home use of the Ancestry Library Edition if you are a member. Check with your local genealogy societies and libraries to see if this is an option they offer. The free access has been extended through to the end of June. And they will then reevaluate at the end of each month. To see what’s included in the Library Edition click here.
Ancestry.com US Records and Tutorials
Ancestry has collaborated with the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to offer temporary free access to almost 500 million historical records and images from the federal government. And we will continue providing free online tutorials and video courses to help people get started with family tree building. You will need to create an account (which is free), to get started. For more information, click here.
British History Online
The British History Online website has made ALL of its records free to access, including the Calendar of Close Rolls (1244 to 1509) and the Calendar of State Papers Domestic (1547 to 1704). This offer runs until 30 September 2020. More information about it here.
Family Tree Magazine (US)
Family Tree Magazine (the US one, not UK one of the same name) is offering a free download of their March/April 2020 issue to give those stuck at home some great reading. You can download a copy of the magazine from here.
Free First Steps by TheGenealogist
Begin a lifetime of discovery with the FREE First Steps package. Free Genealogy Records are the ideal way to research your family tree and start the journey to find your ancestry.
The Free First Steps package includes:
– Complete Birth, Marriage & Death records index for England and Wales 1837-2005
– English & Welsh Census Records to see where ancestors were living in 1911
– TreeView, the online family tree builder
– Image Archive of churches, places and people from the past
– A high quality monthly digital magazine packed full of stories, case studies, social history articles and research advice
This First Steps package will give those beginning their journey on the compelling road to discovering their ancestors some excellent family history resources. No card details, no subscription, just completely free. You can get started here https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/first-steps/
Hawkesbury Family History Group
While Covid-19 restrictions are still in place the Hawkesbury Family History Group have made their latest edition of ‘Hawkesbury Crier’ (June 2020) for freely available for everyone to enjoy. You can download it from here.
Isle of Man Newspapers
The iMuseum are giving everyone FREE access to the Manx newspapers from 1792 to 1960 and other publications. You can find a full list of the newspapers and publications on their website www.imuseum.im/newspapers/. During the period of free access, there will be no need to subscribe or create a login account. For more details click here.
Not sure that this is a COVID-19 sale, as these prices have been the same for a while now, and there’s no date given as to when they end … but grab them while they’re on sale.
– Ancestry Kit – Normally AU$169, on sale for AU$129 BUY NOW
– Wellbeing Kit – Normally AU$199, on sale for AU$139 BUY NOW
– Ancestry & Wellbeing Kits – Normally $259, on sale for AU$179 BUY NOW
London Topographical Society
All the London Topographical Society’s newsletters are now available to read for free. The archive dates back to 1975 and is packed with fascinating information about the history of London’s buildings. You can view them here.
MyHeritage are giving users access to over 2 BILLION records during June. Eash day they are giving users free access a few record sett or two for a day. These records come from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany Greece, Hungary, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States over the course of the month. To check out their schedule of what records are free and when, click here.
Ontario History Journal
If your ancestors emigrated to Ontario, Canada, here’s one for you. The Ontario Historical Society don’t miss this opportunity to discover more about the province’s history with free back issues of the 2005 to 2018 issues. Click here to see the list of back issues.
Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria (BDM)
Victoria’s BDM registrar introduced discounted fees for their download certificates in May, and they’ve decided to extend the offer. The say “thanks to the popularity of our discounted certificates, we are continuing this offer. Downloadable, uncertified historical certificates are now $20 each: save $4.50 per certificate.” Click here to order your Victorian BDM certicates.
Society of One-Place Studies
The Society for One-Place Studies are offering the latest issue of their quarterly journal, Destinations, free of charge to everyone – not just members. You can download the journal from here.
The National Archives (UK)
TNA are making digital records available on their website free of charge for as long they are closed to visitors. Registered users will be able to order and download a maximum of 50 items over 30 days. The records available to download include:
– First and Second World War records, including medal index cards
– Military records, including unit war diaries
– Royal and Merchant Navy records, including Royal Marine service records
– Wills from the jurisdiction of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
– Migration records, including aliens’ registration cards and naturalisation case papers
– 20th century Cabinet Papers and Security Service files
– Domesday Book
Read more about how to access these records here https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/digital-downloads/. This offer is said to run “until TNA is open again”. Recent reports say that this isn’t likely to happen before September.