Family history special offers and free records for the coronavirus outbreak

By Rosemary Collins, 19 March 2020 - 10:13am

Take your family history research further as family history websites open up millions of records and articles during the coronavirus outbreak

Black and white photograph of women looking at sale sign
A Madison Avenue clearance sale in the 1950s (Credit: Charles Phelps Cushing/ClassicStock/Getty Images)

Last updated Thursday 26 March 2020
 

Ancestry
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration has teamed up with Ancestry to make nearly 500 million records available for free during the coronavirus outbreak. If your ancestors emigrated to America at any point, it's the perfect chance to search for them, in resources including New York passenger and crew lists, U.S. passport applications and First and Second World War draft cards. Register for a free Ancestry account now to get started.

Ancestry (US National Archives collection)
Was: £19.99 per month for a worldwide subscription
Now: Free
Offer ends: Unknown

 

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine
Stay up-to-date during coronavirus with unmissable family history news, advice and feel-good true stories thanks to Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine. Get our next six issues delivered straight to your door with fantastic savings.

If you normally buy the magazine in shops, we've introduced a new three issues deal that allows you to get the magazine delivered and still save money. 

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine
Was: £31.50 for six issues
Now: £9.99
Offer ends: Unknown

 

RootsIreland
It's your last chance to take advantage of this St Patrick's Day offer from RootsIreland, the world's biggest Irish family history website! Subscribe now to enjoy a 25% discount and access to more than 22 million Irish records.

RootsIreland 12-month subscription
Was: £198
Now: £148
Offer ends: 31 March
 

 

Pen & Sword
Special interest publisher Pen & Sword has a new range of 50 eBooks you can download for under £5 and read instantly from the comfort of your home. Titles include true tales of the Second World War, the history of the suffragettes and a biography of Charles Dickens' daughter Katey by his descendant Lucinda Hawksley.

Pen & Sword eBooks
50 titles from £0.99
Offer ends: Unknown

 

MyHeritage In Color
To help family historians entertain themselves during the coronavirus outbreak, MyHeritage is offering free unlimited access to its photo colourisation tool, MyHeritage In Color. Colourise as many black and white photographs as you like to discover what your ancestors originally looked like.

MyHeritage is also running a competition - share your newly colourised photographs on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with #ColorBeatsCoronavirusBlues, tagging @MyHeritage, and eack week, the best entry will win a free MyHeritage Complete subscription.

Find out how to use MyHeritage In Color with our guide.

MyHeritage In Color
Was: Subscriptions start £89 per year
Now: Free
Offer ends: 23 April

 

HistoryExtra
BBC History Magazine are opening up all areas of their site that are normally paywalled during a maintenance upgrade. Don't miss this chance to read articles on every aspect of history by leading experts in the field. Plus, discover the best history films and TV to watch in isolation with HistoryExtra's new hub.

HistoryExtra
Was: £51.99 per year
Now: Free
Offer ends: 8 April

 

American Ancestors
American Ancestors, the website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, are making their digital collections free to access because of coronavirus. Discover your New England ancestors in city directories, family history books, local history books and more.

American Ancestors digital collections
Was: $94.95 per year membership
Now: Free
Offer ends: Unknown

 
 

 

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