- Ancestry launched its new Probate and Wills collection today: 170 million pages of records from from all 50 states spread over 337 years (1668-2005). These are searchable by name. To celebrate, this collection PLUS all of Ancestry's birth, marriage, and death records are FREE to access NOW through Monday, September 7th, at 8:59 p.m. Pacific Time. Keep in mind:
- The collections are not complete for each state. Counties are missing, some just have indexes, some date ranges are limited.
- "Probates and Wills" can mean other court records, too. I found divorce, guardianship, and commitment papers (to a state hospital) for several individuals I was searching.
- If you don't already have an Ancestry subscription, you'll need to create a free login.
- For best results, use the "Any Event" search fields (date, location) rather than the "Death" search field.
- The website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), AmericanAncestors.org, is offering free access to their Census, Tax and Voters Lists from now until Wednesday, September 9th.
- If you don't already have an AmericanAncestors subscription, you'll need to create a free login.
- They tend to have a lot of New York State records, so if you don't have New England ancestors, but do have New York ones, check it out.
Have a safe weekend, and Happy Hunting!