Ancestry to Offer Free Access to 1+ Billion UK and Irish Records has announced that it will be offering access to more than 1 billion UK and Irish records this weekend, Feb 17th through the 20th. If you have roots in England, Scotland, Ireland or Wales, and don’t currently have a paid Ancestry subscription, this is a great opportunity to do some no-cost research.

We’ve put together a quick Q&A below to help you take advantage of this free access.

When Will Access to These Records be Made Available?

According to Ancestry, these records will be made available at no cost from 2pm ET on Feb 17th to 11:59PM ET on Feb 20th.

What Collections Will Be Offered?

The collections included in the free access event can all be found here.  The free access includes large collections covering wide geographical areas as well as small focused databases. Census records, vital records, parish registers, local histories, old newspapers, family history books, occupational records and more can be found in the list of included collections.

Some records that pertain to the US and Australia are also included, such as New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842 and Welsh Founders of Pennsylvania.

It is important to note that some of the collections, such as the UK Census and those from Find a Grave, can be found elsewhere online for free on a permanent basis. Others are only available online via Ancestry or other paid subscription sites.

Do I Need an Ancestry Account to Access These Records?

Usually, Ancestry requires that you have a free account with them before gaining access to any records on their site – this includes records they offer for free on a permanent basis and records offered during free record events like this one. A free account does not require any payment information to be entered and is different from a free trial.

If I Add These Records to My Family Tree on Ancestry Will I Still Have Access After the Weekend?

We’re glad you asked. The answer to this question is no, unless the record is already part of a free Ancestry record collection. To avoid losing access to these records once the free weekend ends you will need to download these records to your own computer. Simply adding them to your family tree, or saving them to your shoebox, is not enough. We have a how-to for downloading records from Ancestry here.

Visit the list of free record collections linked here starting Feb 17th at 2pm ET. Click on the collection of interest and conduct your search – you may need to sign up for a free account before you will be allowed to access a record. Remember to download any records you would like to keep to your computer, rather than simply adding them to your Ancestry family tree, or you will lose access after the 20th.

Eastern Washington Gen Society News

Saturday, January 7, 2017  —  12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
The Pearl Buffet, 21 E Lincoln Road Spokane WA 99208
Lunch at 12:00 followed by program. 
Welcome to the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum!! A gem in our area that perhaps you’ve overlooked visiting. Come hear director, Jayne Singleton, tell us all about this wonderful museum AND research station for the history of the peoples of Spokane Valley. 
Born in South Bend Indiana, raised in Redondo Beach CA, Jayne moved to Spokane 33 yrs ago and was educated at SFCC, Gonzaga and EWU.
She (with a group of others) established the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum in 2004 in the Opportunity Township Hall. She is now Museum Director & Valley Historian, presented programs to community, schools, clubs, groups and is a contributing author on historical events/people to magazines, newspapers etc.

WAGS Library Open an Extra Day

Take advantage of the Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society (WAGS) Library’s extra day open next week! WAGS doesn’t usually have a membership meeting in December, so their librarians took matters into their own hands, and decided to open their library an extra day. Stop by on Monday, December 12, anytime from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Even in the midst of all your December busy-ness, here is an opportunity to do a bit of quiet research. Be sure to check out their new digital preservation equipment, and see how this technique might fit your goals for preserving and sharing your family’s genealogy!

The WAGS Library is located in the Museum Annex Building, 127 South Mission Street, Wenatchee (corner of Mission and Yakima). Besides this extra day, their regular library hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday and Saturday. Call the Library at 509-888-6246 or visit their website for more information.

Forgotten Civil War Veteran To Be Honored

Due to the dogged commitment of a Kent couple, with a passion for searching for remains of veterans lying in unmarked graves and obtaining proper headstones for them, a Civil War veteran and his wife will be buried with full military honors on 10 Dec at the Tahoma National Cemetery near Kent.

Read more about the amazing journey of James Powers and his wife Irene who died in 1921 and 1928, respectively, in this Tacoma News Tribune article.

More information about the burial is available in this blog article.

Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable Civil War Veteran Burial


James H. Powers, Jr.

The Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable, in conjunction with the Missing in America Project and the National Cemetery Administration, is planning a very special and unique event…the burial of a Civil War veteran, James H. Powers, Jr. and his wife of 57 years, Irene Powers.

James passed away in 1921 and Irene in 1928.  Since that time, their ashes have languished at a local funeral home.  Most recently, James and Loretta Dimond discovered their record and, working with the funeral home, the Veterans Administration and the family, received the release of the cremains and received permission to have them interned at Tahoma National Cemetery.

The event will take place on December 10, 2016 at noon.  Please assist PSCWRT in publicizing the funeral.  Links to Powers’ obituary, biography and the flyer announcing the funeral accompany this email.

Thank you for playing a role.