August 31 Free Access Weekend!

Posted by on August 31, 2014 at 12:49 PM Free Access Weekend!

This weekend on, they are offering totally free access to all of their global genealogy records. This only happens once every few months… so if you had planned on joining up to try and compile your family tree or track down a family member, now would be a good time to do so.

The free access on runs through to the end of Monday the 1st September 2014, so you have today and tomorrow to make use of the freebie.

Here’s a quick blurb about, in case you are not aware of what service they provide:

Discover the lives of your ancestors with FREE ACCESS to 1 billion new records from 67 countries around the world. covers birth, death, marriage, immigration and occupation records and is a fantastic tool in building up your family tree.

My partner has been using quite a bit over the last few months. He is currently in the process of trying to track down a distant branch of family for his Great Uncle. This relative had a brother who passed away during World War 2, but they’ve completely lost touch with that side… his nieces and nephews, maybe great nieces and nephews, etc. As my partner is digging back through the trail of births, deaths and marriages, he keeps finding out little-known interesting facts about distant relatives. For example, he found out that his Great Uncle was involved in air raids that we’ve only ever heard about in English and American war movies, such as the Bismarck and the Tirpitz.

My partner tells me that if someone from another branch of your family is putting data on to, then it really helps you in your own search. So, as you’re doing your own research, you should definitely try and add as much information on to too – aiding others in the process of filling in their own familial gaps.

(Ends 1st September 2014)

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August 30 Free Access To Over 200 Million Immigration Records This Weekend

Posted by on August 30, 2013 at 9:00 PM Free Access To Over 200 Million Immigration Records This Weekend

Ever wonder where you’re from? Find out part of your family history for free on all long weekend!

What? You know where you’re from? Toronto, you say? Okay, well, yeah, you’re right… but I mean where did your family originate? Are you German? Which part of Germany did you come from? When did your family come over from Germany and where did they land when they got here? I’ve never gotten into the genealogy thing too deeply but I know a bit. My family came from Fermanagh in Ireland and I seem to remember seeing a map of Irish family names where my family name was plastered quite largely across northern Ireland. Maybe I’m from an important family. Who knows?

Actually, knows. They know a lot of things about your family history and this weekend they are giving away access to the immigration portion of their records for free. They have over 200 million immigration records that you can look through. If you’re having family over for a BBQ or something this Labour Day weekend, it might be a good chance to sit down with Grandma or Grandpa and hear some stories about your family while you do a bit of research.

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(Expires: 2nd September 2013)

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June 27 Free Access Canada Day Promotion

Posted by on June 27, 2012 at 10:00 AM Free Access Canada Day Promotion are running a free access promotion starting Wednesday (today) through to Monday. In this promotion, you can get free access to select records for which you normally have to pay.

Here’s a description of what this free access promotion entails:

We will be giving FREE ACCESS to over 40 million select Canadian records—Census, Immigration, Military and Vital (Birth, Marriage & Death) records. If you’re unfamiliar with FREE ACCESS it means we’re giving away a select few collections for free.

You would normally have to pay to access some of these collections. So this could be a perfect time to check out the service on, and give it a try for free.

I have a rather convoluted and complicated family tree (4 sisters, a half sister, 3 step sisters, a brother, 2 brothers in law – and that’s just immediate family!). I’ve mentioned in the past that I have used the family tree maker tool on to try and start making a detailed record of the family history and genealogy. It’s an easy tool to use, and I was able to easily save all the family details in an easy-to-read chart.

(Ends 2nd July 2012)

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April 14 Free 14 Day Trial

Posted by on April 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM Free 14 Day Trial

If you’ve been interested in checking out your family tree, there are a wealth of resources online that can help you out. And one of the biggest resources is, who also offer a free 14 day trial of their services.

It’s totally free for a 14 day trial. You do need to enter your credit or debit card details in order to access the historical records, but you can cancel the trial at any time. If you decide you want to continue using the service after the free 2 weeks, costs start at $9.95 per month.

I recently realised how little I know about my own family history. My grandparents on both sides died before I was born, and I really don’t know much about the extended family. I really must sit down with my mom some time, and work it all out. The online family tree maker on Ancestry would actually be a pretty handy tool to start me off on this, because it would be very difficult to keep track of on paper. I’ve got 5 sisters and 1 brother. My mom had 3 sisters and 5 brothers, and there are countless cousins out there too.

As I was writing this post, I decided to give the online family tree make a little try. It’s a very time consuming process!! Even if you can remember all the birthdates of your siblings, it still takes a long time to enter all the data and form your tree. The tool on is very good though, it’s easy to use and makes all the data into an easy-to-read presentable format.

Thanks for the pic FrodoBabbs.

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