Who Do You Think You Are?
10 Free Ancestry Collections
Here are just some of the datasets that you can search through on Ancestry to help you build your family tree without paying a penny
ADMISSIONS TO BROOKWOOD AND HOLLOWAY MENTAL HOSPITALS, 1867–1900
Record count 11,670
An index to mental-hospital registers held by Surrey History Centre, listing patients’ names, ages and dates of admission.
CORNWALL MILITIA AND SEA FENCIBLES INDEX, 1780–1831
Record count 4,151
Details of local militiamen and naval militia from records at Cornwall Record Office.
ENGLAND AND WALES CRIMINAL REGISTERS, 1791–1892
Record count 1,556,259
An index to records, with some details of sentences, from The National Archives.
FIFE VOTERS LISTS, 1832–1894
Record count 47,875
Eligible voters in Fife, eastern Scotland, courtesy of Fife Library and Archives Service.
IRELAND COURTS MARTIAL FILES, 1916–1922
Record count 1,913
People arrested on suspicion of Irish Nationalist activities after the 1916 Easter Rising.
LIVERPOOL CREW LISTS, 1861–1919
Record count 1,064,441
Details of sailors whose ship’s home port was Liverpool. Age and birthplace often included.
REGISTER OF RAILWAY EMPLOYEE INJURIES AND DEATHS, 1911–1915
Record count 3,915
A web-search collection linked to a database on the website railwayaccidents.port.ac.uk.
SLAVE REGISTERS FROM FORMER BRITISH COLONIAL DEPENDENCIES, 1813–1834
Record count 3,178,595
Registers of those who remained “lawfully enslaved” after the slave trade was abolished.
WARWICKSHIRE OCCUPATIONAL AND QUARTER SESSION RECORDS, 1662–1866
Record count 282,680
A mix of records from the Warwickshire quarter sessions, from jurors’ lists to boat owners.
WEST YORKSHIRE ALEHOUSE LICENCES, 1771–1962
Record count 76,239
A West Yorkshire Archive Service collection listing people licensed to serve alcohol, along with the name of their pub.