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Posted 3/11/2012 by dynalady in NSBR Board
 

dynalady
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Posted: 3/11/2012 10:56:21 AM
I've been digging into some family history and found a few things on Archivesdotcom. The click here to see a picture of the form takes me to sign up for a free trial, then pay. I know Ancestrydotcom is the place to go, but they show a comparison chart between the 2 and there is very little difference except for price. This one is sooooo much cheaper, and that is important right now. So, is it worth it? Anyone using it?







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wezee812
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Posted: 3/11/2012 11:08:40 AM
I had awesome luck at FamilyHertiage.com. It's FREE. I tried just about every site and really didn't find out that much, to warrant the costs.

Good luck.


Lizzy
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dynalady
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Posted: 3/11/2012 11:23:42 AM
Lizzy, do you have a link for that? I put it in google and it keeps takin me to ancestrydotcom.







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Posted: 3/11/2012 11:32:20 AM
Same here with the family heritage site.

I've used the archives site, and was able to find some documents that I couldn't (at least for a premium) on the other site, but I've overall been happier on ancestry. Have you tried genealogy dot com as well? I've had good luck in the forums on their site...

juswannascrap
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Posted: 3/11/2012 11:37:41 AM
I've never used Archivesdotcom but I see you're in Illinois. The secretary of state's website has some online databases which include birth, death, marriage, land purchases, and civil war records. I've found a lot of valuable information on there.

scrapaholicmt
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Posted: 3/11/2012 12:49:46 PM
just wanted to pop in and invite all the genealogists to the "At your leisure" board. There's lots of geneaolgy threads over there. To answer the question, I haven't used archive.com, so am no help there.


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3kidmama
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Posted: 3/11/2012 2:32:09 PM
I just started researching our family last fall and used ancestrydotcom.

I got a TON of info from them in 2 months. Love doing it - its just like solving puzzles. I got lots of info, then decided to take a break until next month when the 1940 census records should go up!

I haven't tried the other sites mentioned on this thread, but based on a thread on the Leisure board, I found very interesting info on findagrave dot com. Volunteers take photos of headstones in cementaries around the country. I found the ones from dh's side of the family that homesteaded in Oklahoma following the land rush. Pretty cool!

Anyway lots of fun into on the leisure board even if I have only lurked over there.

Restless Spirit
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Posted: 3/11/2012 3:49:55 PM
I have a subscriptions to both Ancestry.com and Archives.com.

My sister has been actively building our Family Tree on ancestry.com, so I joined so I could work along with her and have access to our family tree.

I added a membership to Archives.com so I could supplement her search. I have been able to find information and documents on Archives.com, FamilySearch.org, GenealogyBank.com and Fold3.com that neither she or I could locate on Ancestry.

With that said, if you are just starting out, I think the free searches at FamilySearch.org are really good. However, you should be aware that there will be times when the search will reveal there is a picture of an actual document, but you will not be able to view that directly (and free) on FamilySearch.

Was that confusing enough?

Here's an example of what *might* happen when searching at FamilySearch (for free):

If I search for my grandmother Bessie M. Blank (name changed for posting here), I find a 1910 Census record. This is the information I CAN see:

name: Bessie E Blank
birthplace: Indiana
relationship to head of household: Daughter
residence: Washington, Pike, Indiana
marital status: Single
race : White
gender: Female
immigration year:
father's birthplace: Indiana
mother's birthplace: Indiana
family number: 93
page number: 4
Household Gender Age
parent Sxxxxx Blank M 58y
parent Pxxxxx Blank F 52y
Bessie E Blank F 18y

The search revealed I can view the document - the 1910 Census. Whoo-hooo. But wait. If I click on it, it takes me to.......Ancestry.com - where I will need to pay to join to see and print the actual document! If you don't want to pay, there is also the option to visit one the the Family Search Centers scattered throughout the US.

I think starting with FamilySearch.org to get a feel for what you might find and just how interested you are in further pursuing your family tree is a great way to start.

Oh - and do join us on the "At Your Leisure" board. It's so much fun to share what you are finding (or not finding as the case may be!)


Karen



ETA


Want more resources for genealogy searches? Then try this site - it will keep you busy for a while:

http://www.cyndislist.com/

Lots of possible resources (and some dead links, too) but it's still a fun site to spend some time on.
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