Ancestry.de (Ancestry German) FREE FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2015
To celebrate 25 years of German reunification, Ancestry.de (German Ancestry.com) is
offering throughout the month of October free access to their databases-which
includes the worldwide databases-- 16 billion historic documents and pictures,
including 220 million German documents and images. When documents are from another
country, for example the United States or Canada, those records are available in
their original language of English for example :" New York, Passegiertlisten,
1820-1957 (auf Englisch)".
If the records are from Germany they are in German as are the instructions
on the website. I found using Google translate
<https://translate.google.com> https://translate.google.com a great help in
translating the instructions and the names of some of the records.
To access the site go to: <http://www.ancestry.de/cs/unityday>
http://www.ancestry.de/cs/unityday and when you put in a name and place of
the person you are researching it will take you to a window with the
results. Once you click on the results, a window opens giving you the
instructions to register with your name, and email address and if you have
an Ancestry password from previous trials use that otherwise you will be
sent a password. You will also be asked to check the box that you understand
the terms and conditions. Once you are signed in the first page asks you
about setting up your family tree. On the right hand side about half way
down the page is a graphic with hands of two people walking in front of the
Brandenburg Gate in Berlin about the 25 year reunification celebration.
Click on "jetzt suchen" (Start now) which opens another window where you
fill in the information on the person you are searching and first name, last
name, city/state where they were born and date of birth if you have it and
click on "klostenlos suchen" (search now) and the next window will display
what records they have and the option to provide more information to enhance
the search. For those who do not speak or read German I recognize this may
take extra translation steps, but it is worth the effort to try this during
the month of October for access to Ancestry's worldwide database at no charge.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee