The Internet subscription services described below are fee-based; they are freely available in the reading rooms at the
Library of Congress, and at other institutions which have paid
to make them available to researchers working onsite. In order
to access these sites, a researcher must go to an institution (like
the Library of Congress) which subscribes to them, or subscribe
to the services themselves from home (which can be somewhat costly).
A list of selected free genealogy websites,
which are freely available to anyone with Internet access, is maintained
by the Local History and Genealogy Section.
|Ancestry Library Edition
||The site provides access to more than one and a half billion
names in over 4,000 databases. Key databases include digital
images of the U.S. Federal census, the New York Passenger Lists
from 1820-1891, the Civil War Collection, the American
Genealogical-Biographical Index, the Social Security
Death Index, and the Massachusetts Town Vital
||A growing collection of research material for tracing family
history and American culture. The site contains digital images
of the U. S. Federal census; more than 25,000 family and local
histories in full image; the Periodical Source Index (a
comprehensive subject index to more than 6,500 genealogy and
local history periodicals); selected records from the Revolutionary
War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files;
and records from the Freedman's Bank (1865-1874).
||Contains primary source material from 18th and 19th century
publications. Currently the data is full-text with no images.
Includes full-text of The Pennsylvania Gazette from
1728 to 1800.
|New England Ancestors
||Resources and databases of the New England Historic Genealogical
Society. The site offers full text access to the New
England Historical and Genealogical Register from 1847
to 1994, genealogies, vital records of many New England towns,
military records, and church records. Although the emphasis
is on New England genealogy, other parts of the U. S. are represented.
Other Internet-based subscription services at the Library of Congress
of interest to genealogists and local historians include the following:
|America: History and Life
||An abstracting service with historical coverage of the United
States and Canada from prehistory to the present.
||A guide to collections of primary source material found in
repositories throughout the United States.
|Biography and Genealogy Master Index
||An index to millions of biographical sketches found in current
and retrospective reference works.
||A database containing the full text of articles from more
than fifty scholarly journals.
|ProQuest Historical Newspapers
||A database offering full-text and full-image articles from
the Atlanta Constitution, Boston Globe, Chicago
Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal,
and the Washington Post, dating back to their