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In Family Tree Magazine articles about the subscription genealogy site Ancestry.com, we often suggest Ancestry Library Editionfree to patrons at many public librariesas a budget-friendly way to access most of Ancestry.com’s collections.
What exactly do we mean by most? Heres a list of Ancestry.com databases that arent in Ancestry Library Edition (due to licensing and other issues), and some alternate resources for each:
- Family and Local Histories Collection
These town, county and family histories and journals aren’t in Ancestry Library Edition, but they are part of HeritageQuest Online, another service many libraries offer (and it’s usually accessible to patrons from home via the librarys Web site).
- Historical Newspapers Collection
See if your library offers access to ProQuest Historical Newspapers or GenealogyBank.
This is a search for user-contributed family trees. You’ll also find trees in RootsWeb’s WorldConnect Project and FamilySearchs International Genealogical Index.
- Passenger and Immigration Lists Index
The original data in this index to approximately 4,588,000 individuals came from P. William Filbys Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Though it’s not as up-to-date, see if the library has the book. Note Ancestry Library Edition does have the Ancestry.com database of National Archives immigration passenger lists.
- Biography and Genealogy Master Index
This database lists millions of Americans whove been profiled in collective biography volumes such as Who’s Who in America. Some libraries offer this index separately.
- Freedmans Bank Records
You can find these in HeritageQuest Online and now on FamilySearch.
The Periodical Source Index, a collection of 2 million-plus references to family history articles published in US and Canadian periodicals since 1800, is searchable (in more-updated form) using HeritageQuest Online.