Commercial Portals

Ancestry.com

Ancestry is a commercial publisher of genealogical materials both in print and online. The Web site offers thousands of fully searchable databases containing information on hundreds of millions of individuals, with new databases being added daily. Some of the databases may be used for free, but the majority are only available by subscription. (Ancestry Library Edition is now available at library computers!)

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Genealogy.com

A genealogy portal from the manufacturers of Family Tree Maker software, Broderbund Software, Inc. A great site for beginners, use it to search for your family names from a world-wide index of over 420 million individuals, get how-to information, find classes and articles, and take advantage of the "Ask a Genealogist."

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GenealogyBank.com

A commercial provider of genealogical materials (i.e. subscription required). GenealogyBank has an exclusive newspaper archive for family history research which provides information on millions of American families from 1690–today.The site offers full text searching of over 4,000 newspapers which will provide you with first-hand accounts about your ancestors that simply can't be found in other sources.

GenealogyBank offers the following Historical Records:

  • a Historical Newspaper collection form 1690 to 1980.
  • scanned Historical Books from 1801 to 1900.
  • Historical Documents from 1789 - 1980

Currrent Family History Records:

  • Obituaries from 1977 to the present.
  • Social Security Death Index from 1937 to the present.

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