Free digital data is here!

Free digital data from Family Tree provides readers with free family history resources online, including ebooks to browse, searchable census indexes, software to try before you buy and much more. Free digital data is available to all readers of the print and digital issues of Family Tree using the code printed in each issue, simply register here to enjoy the records…

Plus, if you’re a print subscriber you can access the records for a longer period using your subscription number.

View the data

  1. Click here to register or log in. Follow the on-screen instructions and check your inbox for an activation email.
  2. Select ‘Activate more content’.
  3. Select the issue of the magazine.
  4. You will need to enter the code published in each magazine to access that issue’s free data. Subscribers will also need their subscription number so that they can access the records for a longer period. Follow the dedicated on-screen subscriber instructions.
  5. The menu will display the latest issue’s selection of resources.
  6. Select the resource you would like to view, search or download and click on the button to access the records.

Where can I find my subscription number?
It is on your magazine wrapper at the top of the name and address box, or you can freefone 0800 6128377.

Which records are viewable online, and which can be downloaded?
The census and Army List are searchable online, the back issue can be viewed online, and the family history software and digitised books are downloadable.

How long can I view the records for?
Subscribers will be able to access them for 12 months or for the period of their subscription. Other readers will have 30 days’ access once registered. Registration will be available for three months from the on sale date in the UK.

Which records will be covered in the future?
Please email with your preferred geographical areas and we’ll do our best to source useful records for these places. launches

A new family history website,, has been launched by the team behind provides access to census records for England and Wales from 1841 to 1911, and includes searchable transcripts with original images. You can perform a name search free, but you will need to purchase a subscription to take advantage of the keyword search facility. Also available are the official General Register Office birth, marriage and death (BMD) indexes for England and Wales from 1837 to 2005.

Prices start from £6.95 for a month’s access to just the BMDs, and £14.95 for a month’s access to the complete census records. Its annual census and BMDs subscription is £69.95, making it cheaper than Ancestry or for BMD and census records – although these two sites also offer access to Scottish census indexes within their basic packages. It’s always worth double-checking prices and which record collections are included for your money before subscribing to any data website. To access a wider range of record collections there are links from to upgrade to a subscription to TheGenealogist. has recently added several new collections and is offering £50 off an annual Diamond subscription until the end of September. Just use the code ‘SUMMERSAVER’.

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