Free of charge family history things to do: April 2020


31 March 2020
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Looking for fun family history activities to enjoy whilst at home? Check out our round-up of the latest releases from around the world.

Free access to MyHeritage U.S. census records

MyHeritage has announced that to mark the 2020 US census, they are providing free access to its entire collection of U.S. censuses until 5 April 2020.

The MyHeritage collection includes the full set of U.S. census records from 1790 to 1940, which consists of over 700 million records.

Carried out every 10 years, they typically record the members of a household, their ages, places of birth, residence, occupation, immigration and citizenship details, marriage information, military service, and more. 

Explore here.

Your Strong Ancestors project

American Ancestors (by the New England Historic Genealogical Society) has been in touch with details of its latest project, aimed at helping people to enjoy genealogy whilst we're all at home.

They will be creating a website featuring 'strong ancestors', full of tales of people from days gone by who did something remarkable. They ask: Did your ancestor endure a harrowing historical event such as war, pandemic, or a natural disaster? How did learning about their experience influence your view of your family history? How did it shape you as a person? 

Submit your stories and photos here.

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New online film series: Queen Victoria's Palace

Royal Collection Trust has released a series of short films to learn how the young Queen Victoria transformed Buckingham Palace into a working royal residence and a family home for their nine children.

Step back in time 200 years to see Buckingham Palace as Victoria and Albert would have known it, with the rooms recreated through special effects.

Click here.


Free webinars on English family history 

FamilySearch have this week revealed their webinar schedule for April 2020. Whilst their library in Salt Lake City remains closed because of Coronavirus, they have a full programme of online activities to keep us busy.

You can see the full webinar and classes schedule here and highlights include:

  • A researcher's view of old English life (23 April)
  • English probate records (23 April)
  • Introduction to English heraldry (23 April)

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