Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Free access to Ancestry's UK and Irish records this coming weekend

As it is a bank holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland this forthcoming weekend, Ancestry has a issued a free record forecast:

The forecast this Bank Holiday weekend is Free Access

This August Bank Holiday weekend, come rain or shine, we’re opening up our site to give you FREE access to more than 1 billion UK records. We’re also giving you a first chance to try out our new features such as LifeStory, Facts View and Gallery—and discover the stories behind the names. Free Access starts this Friday, 28 August*.

*Access to the records in the featured collections will be free from 28 August until 11:59 p.m. GMT on 31 August 2015. To view these records you will need to register for free with with your name and email address. We will then send you a username and password to access the records. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an paid membership. To see a full list of the records in the featured collections please visit

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  1. My grandfather back in I believe the 1st settlers in Maryland,&his name was Thomas Greene.The Queen sent him to to get Maryland back under British rule. He did become 2nd Gov. But after awhile the others relized he was aponting nly Catholic people to post, so he was not Gov long. He was knighted by King Henry the 8th and his father was a lord.Will I beable tp find my family

  2. Thomas Greene, 2nd governor of Maryland, was born in 1609 - but Henry VIII died in 1547, so it seems unlikely that he knighted him. Best bet is to start with yourself and work your way back, confirming the names of family one generation at a time. Ancestry's US holdings may help initially, and if you can get back to the 17th century then Ancestry and other sites may help you further, but only if they host the records you are seeking - otherwise you will need to look for records in English based archives.