Friday, November 13, 2009

Free, For a Limited Time

It’s belated news, but in case you haven’t already seen these free offers, read on:

Holocaust Collection Free Through End of Year

I received the following from

I wanted to provide you an update on our Holocaust Collection.  Originally, we planned to have these records open to the public for only the month of October.  However, due to the popularity of this collection, we have decided to keep the records open free to the public through the rest of this year.  This will enable more people to search and explore the original records from the National Archives.  On January 1, 2010 these records will become part of the paid subscription on  These records, however, will remain free to access through any of the National Archives physical locations.  Please feel free to inform your audience of this news.  The url for the microsite where these records can be accessed is:

Visit most any local family history center (FHC) to access other for free.

Ancestry Military Collection Free Today

Click to go to the military collection   I received the following news from

PROVO, UT (Nov. 11, 2009) – In honor of America’s military heroes, the entire U.S. Military Collection on can be searched free through Nov. 13. To begin exploring your family’s military heritage, visit … today added more than 600 Navy cruise books to its online collection of military records to commemorate Veterans Day. … The collection of Navy cruise books, …represents nearly 40 years of cruises following World War II (1950-1988) and chronicles an estimated 450,000 servicemen deployed at sea during that time. Styled after yearbooks, the cruise books include the names and photographs of individuals who served aboard the ship and highlight not only significant milestones that took place during the cruise, but also the day-to-day life on board ship. While not every Navy cruise was documented in a cruise book, the Navy Department Library has on file an estimated 3,500 cruise books, which plans to digitize and add to this collection over time.

The entire press release is available at Visit many public libraries and a few FHCs to access other content for free.

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