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Old 08-23-2017, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Groveland, FL
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Anybody here with experience using both? I'd like to know which one is better since they are both priced comparably, and I don't wish to pay for both.
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Old 08-23-2017, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Carmichael, CA
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Are you talking about the Newspapers.com portion of Ancestry?

The regular Ancestry has tons of records--census, birth, etc. They have some newspapers, but their extra-fee Newspapers.com has the majority of them.

GenealogyBank mostly has newspapers.

I subscribe to both sites. I use Ancestry for record searches and both the newspaper sites, although I tend to find more newspaper articles I need on Genealogy Bank.
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Old 08-24-2017, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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They are only priced comparably if you're looking at paying monthly and getting Ancestry's cheapest subscription which only gives you access to their US records ($19.95 for genealogybank and $19.99 for Ancestry). If you pay annually, or semi-annually, genealogybank is much cheaper at only $65.95, whereas Ancestry is annually $189 for US Discovery, and semi-annually $99. If you need access to foreign records, Ancestry is even more expensive: $34.99-$44.99 monthly and $299-$389 annually.

However, Genealogybank is primarily a newspaper archive. They do have the Social Security Death Index and a couple other things, but mostly, it's just newspapers and obituaries. It is NOT a good resource for a comprehensive genealogy records database like Ancestry is. But Ancestry doesn't have much in the way of newspapers, which is why they bought Newspapers.com.

I subscribe to both Ancestry.com and Genealogybank - and Newspapers.com to boot. They all offer something the others don't have. Before subscribing to any newspaper archive though, check their list of collections - it is pointless to subscribe only to find out they don't carry any papers from the locations or time periods you're looking for.

If you're just starting out in genealogy, I recommend using FamilySearch.org to start - it's a very large resource, and it's all available for free.
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Old 08-24-2017, 10:23 AM
 
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Ancestry is free if you go to a public library
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Old 08-24-2017, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Ancestry is free if you go to a public library
Assuming your local library has the library edition of Ancestry.com available - not all libraries provide it. Also be aware that using the library edition means you can't use/access your own Ancestry.com tree from there.
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Old 08-26-2017, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Groveland, FL
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They are only priced comparably if you're looking at paying monthly and getting Ancestry's cheapest subscription which only gives you access to their US records ($19.95 for genealogybank and $19.99 for Ancestry). If you pay annually, or semi-annually, genealogybank is much cheaper at only $65.95, whereas Ancestry is annually $189 for US Discovery, and semi-annually $99. If you need access to foreign records, Ancestry is even more expensive: $34.99-$44.99 monthly and $299-$389 annually.

However, Genealogybank is primarily a newspaper archive. They do have the Social Security Death Index and a couple other things, but mostly, it's just newspapers and obituaries. It is NOT a good resource for a comprehensive genealogy records database like Ancestry is. But Ancestry doesn't have much in the way of newspapers, which is why they bought Newspapers.com.

I subscribe to both Ancestry.com and Genealogybank - and Newspapers.com to boot. They all offer something the others don't have. Before subscribing to any newspaper archive though, check their list of collections - it is pointless to subscribe only to find out they don't carry any papers from the locations or time periods you're looking for.

If you're just starting out in genealogy, I recommend using FamilySearch.org to start - it's a very large resource, and it's all available for free.
Good idea, I'll try that one, thanks!
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Old 08-27-2017, 02:03 PM
 
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I'm a member of both. I would definitely choose Ancestry over genealogybank if it was either/or. Ancestry has so much more, plus you build your tree, link with other members, plus the DNA, etc.


Genealogybank is only good for looking up newspaper articles. Period. They have some "historical documents" but I've never found anything in them about my ancestors.


I keep my membership for Ancestry continuous, but I only join and re-join genealogybank once in a while. In between I save up a list of people I want to look up in newspapers. The I re-join genealogybank and look them all up. When I'm active on genealogybank, I always offer to do free lookups for people, to get my money's worth.
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