Historical records subscription site Footnote is making its US census records free for a limited time.
Footnote spokesperson Justin Schroepfer says there’s not yet a firm ending date, but the records will be free at least through the end of this month. You’ll need to register as a free member to view the records.
Footnote is carrying out plans to host the complete US census back to 1790. Here are the census records on the site so far:
the complete 1860 census
5 percent of 1900
3 percent of 1910
3 percent of 1920
98 percent of 1930
When you find a relative’s record, click the “I’m Related” button for a name on the document to identify yourself as a relative and see others who’ve done the same. You also can see others’ photos, stories and comments related to the record.
Addendum: It may appear as though you need to enter a credit card, but Guy reports that he did get a welcome e-mail even though he did not enter a credit card.