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Old 03-10-2015, 10:52 AM
 
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How do the records in Archives.com compare with Ancestry.com? Are they pretty much duplicate records or is it worth subscribing to both?
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Old 04-08-2015, 05:39 PM
 
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There will be some overlap and some unique to each service. I don't know if you can access both via your local library but keep in mind ancestry.com library version is not as complete as having your own subscription.
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Old 04-08-2015, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Northampton, Mass.
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There is some overlap between the two sites, though I would say Ancestry.com has more resources overall than Archive.com. And some other sites undoubtedly have stuff neither Ancestry or Archive.com has.

I use a whole slew of sites for my genealogical research, many of which have at least some things which the others do not.
It really depends on the place and time you're researching.
One site I find very helpful for finding various resources for my research is archive.org It has a massive amount of information, including a lot of scanned books (like Google, which some are shared with). Others are of books and pamphlets not found on Google books, like old county histories that include genealogies of local families, old US census microfilms, indexes to old county probate records, etc etc......its certainly a site worth checking out.

Also, some of the GenWeb sites can be very useful, though they are more hit or miss with some being much more developed and full of information than others.

I also find the free site familysearch.org to be very useful; it has much overlap with Ancestry, but it does have some stuff Ancestry does not have (especially with Maritime Canadian records, as well as some church and county probate court records).

Google Books is also useful for finding books on things like county histories and genealogies of local families.
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Old 04-24-2015, 05:56 PM
 
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There is some overlap between the two sites, though I would say Ancestry.com has more resources overall than Archive.com. And some other sites undoubtedly have stuff neither Ancestry or Archive.com has.

I use a whole slew of sites for my genealogical research, many of which have at least some things which the others do not.
It really depends on the place and time you're researching.
One site I find very helpful for finding various resources for my research is archive.org It has a massive amount of information, including a lot of scanned books (like Google, which some are shared with). Others are of books and pamphlets not found on Google books, like old county histories that include genealogies of local families, old US census microfilms, indexes to old county probate records, etc etc......its certainly a site worth checking out.

Also, some of the GenWeb sites can be very useful, though they are more hit or miss with some being much more developed and full of information than others.

I also find the free site familysearch.org to be very useful; it has much overlap with Ancestry, but it does have some stuff Ancestry does not have (especially with Maritime Canadian records, as well as some church and county probate court records).

Google Books is also useful for finding books on things like county histories and genealogies of local families.
Thank you for the info. Didn't know about archive.org so will check that out, too.
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Old 04-25-2015, 03:24 PM
 
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my favorite is the familysearch.org. which is the mormon church. ancesty has a good search engine, but you are not going get anything for free.
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Old 04-26-2015, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Northampton, Mass.
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Thank you for the info. Didn't know about archive.org so will check that out, too.
I highly recommend archive.org if you want more advanced materials. They have a lot of digitized books and periodicals, even ones not available on Google. They also have some scanned city directories---and, they also have digitized microfilm of each US census from 1790 to 1940...they are organized by reel number, state and county. You use these files just as you would with a microfilm...I use this on archive.org in place of having to pay ancestry.com...its a little cumbersome at first, but once you get used to it, I feel it is worth it.
What I do is search for whomever on familysearch, using their database to search whatever US census I want, then when I find the correct result, I open it. I note the reference numbers (ie film/reel number, image number, page number , etc...whatever is relevant to finding it on the microfilm copy). I then find the corresponding film reel for the census on archive.org, find the right page and save a copy of the page as an image. You can also save the entire reel as a PDF file! (they are large, so I generally do not--you can simply save the image(s) you need off what you see online).

The GenWeb sites are also quite useful, which are organized by state and county. Some are much better than others, but they often have some interesting stuff to offer.
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Old 04-28-2015, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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my favorite is the familysearch.org. which is the mormon church. ancesty has a good search engine, but you are not going get anything for free.
Actually, Ancestry.com do have some free collections. You have to sign up for a free "guest" account with them to access the free stuff.
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