Subscription Websites Available at the Family History Library
Subscription websites[edit | edit source]
Many family history websites that usually need a paid subscription are available to search and use for free while visiting the Library. The Family History Library subscribes to the following online databases:
19th Century British Library Newspapers: This is a great database of British newspapers that have birth, marriage, and death information not found on familysearch.org or ancestry.com. It is useful if you have ancestors that lived in England.
19th Century US Newspapers: This is a great database of US newspapers that have birth, marriage,
and death information not found on familysearch.org or ancestry.com. It is useful if you have ancestors that lived in the United States.
America - History and Life: This is a database of US Books, Academic Journals, Newspapers, and Magazines that can contain information about your ancestors that cannot be found on familysearch.org
or ancestry.com. It is somewhat useful if you have ancestors that lived in the United States.
American Ancestors: This site is for US research, specifically New England. It is the website of the
New England Historical Genealogical society. It has many records and databases that can only be found
on this website. One of the most popular of these databases is The New England Historical and
Genealogical Register. It is the flagship journal of American genealogy and the oldest in the field. A huge
variety of genealogies and source material have been published in the Register for over 160 years, with an
emphasis on New England. Authoritative compiled genealogies have always been a primary focus of the
Register. It is very useful if you have ancestors that lived in the early American colonies or from
The American Civil War Research Database: This site doesn’t seem to have anything that
ancestry.com doesn’t have. It is not much help if you have already searched the Civil War records
The American Civil War - Letters and Diaries: This site has letters, diaries, and memoirs from the
civil war which can’t be found on any other site. It is very useful and sometimes you are able to find
letters or diaries from your Civil War Veteran ancestors wrote.
Images of the American Civil War
Ancestry.com: Largest set of worldwide family history databases including vital and civil registration
births, marriages, deaths, divorces, passenger lists, census, naturalizations, church, cemetery, military,
court, and land records, wills, directories, voting registers, family and local histories.
Arkiv Digital: 30 million Swedish church records.
EmiWeb: An Internet-based archives about migration to and from Scandinavia.
FamNet: Online network for New Zealand roots.
FindMyPast.com: Worldwide record sets with emphasis on British and Irish records. Includes PERSI.
Fold3.com: This site mostly has records from the United States. One thing that sets this site apart
from many of its others is the ability for users to contribute even more information. Members may
annotate, or "footnote," existing web pages or even create their own web pages about history-related
material. The material contributed can include text, pictures, or even video. If you have original source
images of your own that you want to share with friends and family, simply upload them to Footnote and
use the site's tools to make your information searchable and available to others. It is useful if you have
ancestors that lived in the United States.
Historic Map Works: This site is a huge collection of maps consisting of over 100,000 cadastral, land
ownership maps detailing the geographic and development history of the United States over several
hundred years. They have rural and suburan areas, as well as cities and towns accross America. There
is also over 100,000 pages of illustrations from the present day and over 1,000 city directories related to
the maps. They also have almost 100,000 maps from other parts of the world.
Historical Abstracts: This site covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada)
from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education,
and more. This site also has more than 2,300 academic historical journals in over 40 languages back to
1955. This site is not very helpful for genealogical research. Images of the American Civil War: This site
has thousands of images from the civil war that aren’t available on familysearch.org or ancestry.com.
This site is useful if you have ancestors who served in the civil war.
JSTOR: This site is a collection of academic journals with letters and images corresponding to them.
This site is useful for family history research because it gives online access to otherwise hard-to-find
historical journals. Researchers sometimes learn about JSTOR entries by searching Google.
MyHeritage.com: 5 billion historical records. Helps you research your family history, build your family
tree and add photos, and historical records. Includes a private family site for your family only.
Original Sources: This site is a collection of only original sources relating to World and US history,
science, math, law, politics, philosophy, religion, literature, language, and social sciences. This site is
not very helpful for genealogical research.
Oxford English Dictionary (OED): Most comprehensive dictionary in the world. Good for old terms for
diseases and occupations.
Paper Trail: This site is dedicated to research of pioneers. It has journals, histories, of pioneers headed
west from 1800 to 1899. It is very useful if you have ancestors who crossed the plains whether they were
Mormon Pioneers or not.
ProQuest Obituary Listings: This site is primarily for US research. This site more than 10 million
obituaries and death notices published in newspapers from 1800 onward. It is very useful in finding death
dates of your ancestors.
Social and Cultural History: Letters and diaries online.
SVAR:This site is strictly for research in Sweden. You also need to click the link and the top right hand
corner to view the site in English. This website is the National Archives of Sweden. It has access to Birth
records, Marriage records, Death records, Census records from the 1800s onward. It is very useful if you
have ancestors from Sweden.
The Times (London): This is a digital archives of the London Times newspaper from 1785-1985. This
newspaper contains birth, marriage, and death notices from all over England. This site is extremely useful
if you have any ancestors from England.
Women and Social Movements in the United States: 1600-2000.
World Vital Records: This is now part of MyHeritage.com and contains records from all over the world.
It has a few records that cannot be found anywhere else, but most of its records are on ancestry.com also.
It has linked pedigrees useful for genealogy research.