Historical records subscription site Footnote is making its 1930 census records
free during August (you’ll need to sign up for a free Footnote registration).
If you’re a newbie genealogist, this is a great opportunity to jump in with the most recent federal census open to the public (1940 census records will be available in 2012).
If you’ve been doing genealogy for awhile, use this chance to try Footnote’s search and record viewer. Footnote uses a keyword search that filters your results with each term you add.
I like the "Refine Your Search" panel on the results page, which lets you select from available terms. For example, if you’ve entered the last name Wagner, age 43, in Cincinnati, you’ll be able to choose from first names of people who fit those criteria.
When you view the record in Footnote, you can see notes other users have added to the record (you can toggle this option on and off).
You can learn more about using Footnote from our eight-page Web guide—it just happens to be on sale for $3 at ShopFamilyTree.com
The guide has an overview of Footnote, a navigation guide, step-by-step search demos, quick links, and hacks and shortcuts. It’s a PDF, so you can download it on the spot, open it with the free Adobe Reader on a PC or a Mac, click through to the recommended links, and print it if you so choose.
PS: Footnote also has extended its $59.95 subscription offer
for another week, until Aug. 10.