Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tuesday's Tip - AmericanAncestors.org Has Free Databases

This week's Tuesday's Tip is:  The AmericanAncestors.org website, which is a subscription site, has some FREE online databases.

AmericanAncestors.org is the website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), located in Boaston, Massachusetts.  Their emphasis is New England and New York.  There is a large collection of searchable databases behind their subscription wall, but there are some FREE searchable databases.

You can find them at http://www.americanancestors.org/free-databases/ (two screens below):

The FREE searchable public databases (no guest registration required) include:

*  NEHGS Library Catalog
*  Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850
*  Boston, MA: Taking Records, 1800
*  Suffolk County Court of Common Pleas -- Index and Abstract of Cases, 1756-1776
*  Middlesex County, MA:  Index to Probate Records, 1648-1909
*  Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871
*  Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1881
*  Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts
*  Sharon Memorial Park Cemetery
*  Armenian Immigrant Marriages in MA, 1880-1915
*  Family Tree Samplers

There are Guest Databases (requires a free guest registration), including:

*  New England Ancestors Magazine
*  American Ancestors Magazine
*  Rhode Island Roots
*  Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati
*  Gloucester, MA: Burials
*  Ware, MA Families
*  Mass. Historical Data Relating to Cities and Towns
*  Social Security Death Index
*  New York Wills, 1626-1836
*  Index to Revolutionary War Pensioners
*  Irish Immigrant Advertisements, 1831-1920

The current short-term Guest Databases (requires a free guest registration) include:

*  Rhode Island Vital Records, 1636-1850
*  Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (Barbour Collection)
*  Early Families of New England
*  Western Massachusetts Families in 1790

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Copyright (c) 2-014, Randall J. Seaver

1 comment:

Diane Gould Hall said...

Thanks Randy. I was not aware of this. I subscribed to this website for several years, but unfortunately found it wasn't useful and let my subscription lapse. I have many many ancestors from New England both on my side and my husbands. However, it seemed that after the first few things I found, there weren't any more. I desperately need records from New York, but they are very hard to find if they are outside of New York City. There are many more records needed from that area so I will try this guest registration.