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brightsolid enters American market

The Scottish company brightsolid has entered the American market with the introduction of, a site that offers access to the American census. Brightsolid aims to offer every American census from 1790 through 1930. home page

1940 Census

Last year, announced that they won the contract for the 1940 census. They set up the 1940 US Census Community Project to index the project, together with FamilySearch and findmypast (brightsolid).
There is no official announcement, but it is reasonable to assume that brightsolid will try to make the 1940 records available on their censusrecords site as quickly as their competitors. Jones


You can search the site for free, but to click through to a search result requires that you register first. Registration is free, simple, swift, and a bit amateurish; the confirmation email did not ask to click a confirmation link. Once registered, you can click through and view census transcriptions for free. Asa Jones

free access to transcriptions

The censusrecords home page claims that you can View transcriptions from 1790 to 1840 for free!, and it is true. All census indices are free. The transcriptions for the 1790 through 1840 census are free. The transcriptions from 1850 onwards are 50 credits each. The images are Coming Soon.

That is definitely the biggest disappointment; there are no images yet. When the images become available, many will only be available for credits.


The censusrecords site offers the same choice as the FindMyPast and several other brightsolid sites; you can choose between a subscription and pay per view credits. A package of 1000 credits is five cents shy of US$ 8; at a cost of 50 credits per transcription, viewing a transcription costs US$ 0,40. census availability

census availability

Not all American census are available yet. The overview of what's available and what's not is not in the most logical place. You have to follow the Click her for our PayAsYouGo details link to find an overview. census availability


All the census images and transcriptions that are not available yet are listed as Coming Soon. Brightsolid is getting ready to be a serious competitor in the American market.


The site seems to be hosted in brightsolid's new Dundee data centre. The site was build using several well-regarded open source packages, to wit the Nginx HTTP servers, the memcached distributed database, and the Apache Solr search server.


2012-01-30: brightsolid USA management team revealed

Brightsolid has revealed the American management team, and the site has officially entered Beta. Beta

2012-02-03: brightsolid press release

The latest brightsolid press release confirms as their entry into the USA market.
The site no longer redirects to, but is an American site now.