Saturday, February 18, 2017

Ancestry UK Collection Free Through Monday, 20 February 2017

imageTo celebrate Presidents Day in the United States, Ancestry has opened up more than one billion records from its United Kingdom collection for free access. I jest a bit. Presidents Day and free UK access may just be a coincidence. (But it does makes me think of the meme that goes around on the 4th of July: “Happy Treason Day, Ungrateful colonials.”) To quote Ancestry:

Ancestry is opening up their site for you to explore more than 1 billion UK records—so you can find out if you're one of the 60 million plus Americans with British ancestry. It's for three days only, so now's the time to find those crown jewels hidden in your family tree.

To search the collection, click here. To see a list of the databases, click here.

Access to the records in the featured collections will be free from February 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. ET to February 20, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an Ancestry World Explorer or All Access paid membership.


  1. Is this collection already available through the free LDS membership?

  2. I would be happier if the free collections had included at least one from before 1800. All of my British and Irish families families arrived in the colonies and early U.S. before that date, so nothing offered this weekend applies to my families at all.

    1. Following the link as supplied above - shows many collections with dates before 1800.


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