Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Commercial Genealogy Web Sites

It is difficult to stay up to date with the different sets of online databases offered by commercial genealogy services. A list of the different commercial web sites is in order. The member or reader can then go to each web site to determine the current content, the cost of a subscription, etc.

The online commercial genealogy web sites with data from the United States that offer subscriptions to individuals for in-home access include the following:

1) Ancestry (part of The Generations Network)

2) Footnote.com (partnered with FamilySearch Inc.)

3) GenealogyBank

4) Genealogy.com (part of The Generations Network)

5) Genealogy Today

6) Godfrey Memorial Library (partnered with FamilySearch Inc.)

7) Kindred Konnections (partnered with FamilySearch Inc.)

8) One Great Family

9) World Vital Records (partnered with FamilySearch Inc.)

The list above does not include commercial sites that market mainly or only to schools and libraries. Many national, regional and state genealogy societies have databases behind their subscription firewalls - I will deal with these in a separate post.

There are other commercial web sites with databases for Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Scandinavia, etc. I will post those in a separate list.

If I have missed some commercial sites with personal subscriptions (and I'm sure that I have out of ignorance), please make a comment to this post and I will add them to my list.


Mike Clement said...

It's important to note that in addition to FamilySearch, Footnote is also partnered with NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) which gives us access to billions of records of national and personal historical value. Even content that on the surface appear to be of questionable genealogical value (such as the Bureau of Investigation Case Files) has proven invaluable to many researchers that have visited Footnote. (Disclosure: I work for Footnote and write the Unofficial Footnote Blog and occasionally post to the Official Footnote Blog.)

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Hugh W said...

nacestry.com also has an agreement with NARA
from google:-

If stacked, the NARA records Ancestry.com has digitized would be four times taller than the Sears Tower, the Empire State Building, the Washington Monument, ...