There is a vast assortment of websites created over the last 15 years to aid the genealogical researcher. The following is an essential list of fee-based web sites that should become familiar to every researcher. The major advantage for using a subscription database is the time it saves rather than writing to repositories, churches, libraries or agencies for information. The scanned documents are instantly on an individual’s computer.
One of the most well-known and largest subscription genealogical research sites is Ancestry.com. It has a massive collection that is being added to daily. Just some of the items included are: U. S., Canadian and U. K. censuses, various state censuses, city directories, newspapers, probate records, yearbooks photos, vital records (births-divorces-marriages-deaths), military indexes, immigration, manifests of ships, tax records, family trees, passports, draft registrations, etc.
Going on the site, a person can use their search engine to see if there is information relating to their ancestor. To access the data, trial memberships are available and subscriptions on a monthly or annual basis.
They have an online data library featuring 100 million records covering several countries over the last five hundred years. They also have the U. S. census records, voter registrations for some locations, passenger records for ships arriving at the United States, Canada and European ports, a collection of regional and family histories, along with 200 million individuals as part of donated family pedigree charts.
3. MyTrees.com (Kindred Konnections)
Many of the top subscription genealogy databases sites annual fees run over a hundred dollars. The MyTrees.com can be more affordable for many researchers at $15 a month or $100 for the year. Their collection is not as large as Ancestry.com. However, they state they have some 123 million names on record. There are records for all the American states, Canada, along with Asian and European nations. Just like most paid sites they have a free search engine for the researcher to check if records for their ancestor are in their collection.
This site boasts a collection of digital documents numbering 1.3 billion with 50,000 new records added each day. They have many of the more recent documents like; San Diego, CA divorce records 1979 to 1999; passengers records to eastern Canadian ports before 1865; the death records for Eagle County, Colorado from 1913 to 2000; Florida divorce records 1980 to 2009; War of 1812 veterans from Maine; soldiers held as prisoners by the Japanese 1941-1945; Gorgas Hospital Mortuary records 1906 to 1991 and U. S. newspaper obituaries from 2004 to 2009.
When researching ancestors from the United Kingdom, the FindMyPast site has a wide variety of digital records. This is the opportunity to do a search to see if your ancestors have documents and then a trial membership period. For examining U.K. census records they cover 1841 to the most recent available one of 1911. There are military records of the British covering World wars One and Two. Parish records dating back to 1538 shows births, baptisms, marriages and deaths recorded. There are some 24 million migration records to review. An unusual listing is of civil servants in the UK from 1752 to 1948. To examine documents it can be done per document on pa-as-you-go basis or an unlimited full subscription.
6. World Vital Records
Their databases cover many of the European documents including: German immigration from 1850 to 1897; Russian immigration from 1834 to 1897; Hungarian and German censuses; 60 million biographies from the Godfrey library; death records for Scotland 1747 to 1868; and the Newspaper Archives collection with some 800 newspapers across the world dating to the 19th century. World Vital records offers a massive selection of just United States’ resources or subscriptions to the world collections.