Free Databases on Subscription Genealogy Websites

My article in the March/April 2016 Family Tree Magazine

My article in the March/April 2016 Family Tree Magazine

Did you know most subscription-based genealogy websites make some of their databases available for free? They do this so you can get a taste of what using their site will be like. The databases they offer range from very narrowly focused ones (such as the New York Marble Cemetery Records, NYC, 1830-1937 on or large databases with millions of records (such as the 1880 U.S. Census available for free on

In the March/April 2016 Family Tree Magazine, my article features 50 free databases you can access on subscription websites such as,, Findmypast, WorldVitalRecords, MyHeritage, Fold3, and AmericanAncestors (the site run by the New England Historic Genealogical Society).

In addition to the 50 databases covered in the article, here are seven more databases with narrower focuses you can check out:

  • Homestead Records, Broken Bow, Nebraska: This database of more than 39,000 records includes land-entry case files from the Bureau of Land Management’s Broken Bow Land Office from 1890 to 1908. Each entry in this database includes the person’s name, date, place, certificate number, and legal land description.
  • Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland Marriages, 1808-1870 and Deaths, 1808-1888: In addition to the births database for this location mentioned in the Family Tree Magazine article, has two additional vital records databases: one for marriages (containing more than 4,000 records) and one for deaths (containing more than 10,000 records).
  • Scotland, Selected Prison Registers, 1828-1878: Information in these 15,000+ records includes the prisoner’s name, year and place of birth, year and place of imprisonment, place of residence and occupation.



  • Civil War Maps: Search more than 2,000 images from maps taken from diaries, scrapbooks, and manuscripts to “gain insights into the histories of battles, campaigns, and regions.”
  • Deseret Iron Company Account Book (UT): According to Fold3, these “ledgers list the names and occupations of the workers and amounts credited for their services.” The workers include iron workers and others associated with the Deseret Iron Company in what is now Cedar City, Utah.
  • Flossenburg Entry Registers: This database includes more than 75,000 records of French, British, Canadian, and American prisoners of war; Jews from Poland and Hungary; and French, Belgian, Italian, and Yugoslavian political prisoners who were taken to Flossenburg Concentration Camp during World War II.


Dana McCullough is a freelance writer and editor who frequently writes, edits, copy-edits, and proofreads content for magazines, blogs, websites, books, and more. She is the owner of Dana’s Creative Services and author of the Unofficial Guide to Twitter:@DanasCreative

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