August 23, 2010

Time travel: Free weekend on

You might want to spend part of the upcoming Labor Day weekend traveling back in time: is offering a "Free Access Weekend" September 2-6th.

You'll be able to search millions of immigration records, including ship passenger lists, petitions for citizenship and a host of other documents, at no charge. is no doubt betting that lots of folks will get hooked on exploring the past and sign up for a paid subscription after the free weekend ends.

I look forward to discovering more about forebears like my grandparents, pictured here on their wedding day. Just cruising the documents and piecing together bits of people's stories should be fascinating. Says an ad, "You don't have to know what you're looking for, you just have to start looking."