Ancestry now offers FREE Access to Millions of Historical Records and Images from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

The following is an extract from an article by Ancestry CEO Margo Georgiadis describing the company’s actions to support our community during this time of uncertainty during the CoronaVirus pandemic. The article was published in the Ancestry Blog at

Ancestry has collaborated with the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration to offer temporary free access to millions of historical records and images from the federal government. And we will continue providing free online tutorials and video courses to help people get started with family tree building. For more information, click here.

You can read the full article at: Direct access to the list of Ancestry’s free record collections may be found at:


The NARA web site lists collections from all of its digitization partners, FamilySearch and Fold3 in addition to Ancestry:


I don’t see any access other than the regular Ancestry trial which requires one to enter credit card information. The trial usually provides “free” access to all data, not just NARA materials. What am I missing?


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