For my readers in the United Kingdom the following offer from Ancestry.com.uk is offering free access for 24 hours to their English, Welsh and Scottish census collections to commemorate Census Day 2011:
“Get ready! To mark Census Day 2011, we’re letting you access all our UK census record indexes, from England, Wales and Scotland, completely FREE, for 24 hours!
27th March will be a historic day, as we all come together to complete the 2011 National Census. While you’re filling in details of your age, birthplace and relationships, you can use our FREE indexes to look back at your ancestors who did exactly the same thing every ten years, right back to 1841. You can then view the original historical records by taking our 14 day Free Trial.
If you’ve just started tracing your family tree, census records are the perfect first step. They list everybody in each household all over the country, together with crucial details such as their ages and birthplaces. So, you can quickly and easily collect names and dates for several generations.
Even if you’ve pieced together much of your family’s story, censuses can help you fill in those frustrating gaps. You might find a mysterious great-aunt listed with a birthplace abroad, so you’ll need to check passenger lists to see when she arrived. Or maybe a disappearing great-uncle will turn up with a brand new family in another part of the country!
The new census section on our site gives you some tips to help you search our census records.
Plus, keep checking this blog all week for a number of articles dedicated to censuses, past and present.
Make sure you log in on 27th March for your FREE access. In the meantime, why not start a FREE family tree at our site? As you add your best guesses of dates and places for your ancestors, we’ll automatically search for them in our records, and give you some handy Hints to get you started on Census Day.”