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Footnote and free census data

Got an email this afternoon:

A few weeks ago, we granted all visitors to Footnote free access to the Interactive Census Collection. Due to the positive response we received, we have decided to keep this collection open to the public through the month of April.

It is a great time to find information about your ancestors in the censuses, including the more popular 1930 and 1860 censuses.

If you haven’t already joined Footnote, now would be the time to do it. Footnote has literally millions of primary sources in an incredible, searchable database that allows you to save, print, annotate and share with others. And right now Footnote is offering free access to its version of US Census data. Why use Footnote census records? A great interface.

I was able to go in and view the 1930 census data for Finney County, Kansas and track down grandparents and families on both mom and dad’s side. I was able to annotate, print, download and save to my Footnote Gallery. Pretty sweet!

The full version of Footnote costs $49.95 for a year or $11.95 for a month. Which is actually pretty cheap when you think of the amount of access. Perhaps every one in your department can chip in a few bucks.

The cool thing is that they offer a free trial and offer a lot of stuff for free when you create a basic account. Things like:

US Milestone Documents

Documents that have shaped American history.View images of the originals and learn where each document is archived. This collection provides a first-hand look at some of the nation’s high and low points.

Project Blue Book

Nearly 13,000 government UFO reports. From Alaska to Arizona, from Florida to Labrador, UFO sightings were reported from within North America and even around the world.

Pennsylvania Archives

More than 100,000 pages from 1664–1880. If you’re interested in Pennsylvania history and want information relating to historical events, facts about ancestors, or original documents to support a research paper, the Pennsylvania Archives is an important publication to explore.

Papers of the Continental Congress

Official records of the original colonies and the early United States. The First Continental Congress (1774) addressed “intolerable acts” by the British. The Second Continental Congress (1775-1781) created the Declaration of Independence and the first national government.

Miscellaneous Papers of the Continental Congress

These are documents which were misplaced, overlooked, or found in private hands when the Papers of the Continental Congress were first arranged in 1834.

Constitutional Convention Records

Convened in Philadelphia in May 1787, the Constitutional Convention created one of the most important documents of the new nation – the United States Constitution.

Copy Books of George Washington’s Correspondence

Explore events that preoccupied George Washington during his years as president through these letters. The correspondence includes items as simple as trip itineraries to more complex issues such as the conduct of the US in wars of other nations, and Thomas Jefferson’s opinion of the constitutionality of the Residence Act in 1790.

Free census access lasts through April. Get it while you can!

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