I thought this might be of interest. Findmypast has announced that this weekend, they will be opening up their archives and giving unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. From 12pm on Friday, January 22nd to 12pm on Monday, January 25th (GMT), absolutely everyone will have access to Findmypast’s comprehensive collections of historical records and innovative research tools, including:
Millions of records you won’t find anywhere else, including fascinating WW2 Prisoner of War records, millions of England & Wales Crime records and the incredible British in India collection
The largest online collection of England & Wales Electoral registers, containing over 220 million names
Birth, marriage and death records dating back to the 18th century
The largest online collection of UK parish records, dating back to 1538
Historical newspapers from across the world, including nearly 13 million British newspaper dating all the way back to 1710
The most comprehensive collection of UK military records anywhere online
The largest collection of Irish family history records available online
Passenger lists for ships sailing to and from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA
An easy to use online family tree builder, which allows you to import and export your tree if you’ve built it elsewhere
Our Family Tree hints feature, which will suggest potential matches between the ancestors in your tree and records from our archives
Family historians will also have free access to the millions of other records available to search on Findmypast. Access to the 1939 Register has not been included and pay as you go credits will be required in order to unlock household records.
You can find out more at Findmypast’s dedicated Free Weekend page.