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One of the benefits of your membership is access to subscription websites free of charge in the Research Center. You may want to look at a site to see if it is worth your while to subscribe privately. Or, you may find the information you seek by coming into the Research Center and thus saving yourself the subscription fee.
We are always open to ideas for new subscriptions, so please let us know if there is one that would benefit you.
The following are available for free to JCGS members:
Ancestry.com – Library edition
We have the US Collection and the International Collection so you have access to US, English and Canadian census records as well as other non-United States information. The databases are numerous and cover many types of records. The Library Edition does not include Family Trees or Newspapers.
Because newspapers are not included in our Ancestry subscription, we subscribe to Newspaper Archives. Search the site for the geographic area of interest to you to see what papers they have and what years are included.
American Ancestors (formerly NEHGS)
The new name for the New England Historic Genealogical Society site. They are trying to emphasize that they have information for researchers beyond the borders of New England, and indeed they do. This site provides a wealth of information for New England, so use it for any research in these states. They have quite a lot available for New York as well, so be sure to look here.
Besides the images of records that they have posted, there are excellent instructional videos on the site as well as articles about researching in a number of different areas. So, don’t stop with the surname search but be sure to take full advantage of the offerings.
Fold3 (formerly Footnote)
This site posts images of documents from the National Archives. Since it was purchased by Ancestry, they have announced their focus to be Military Records. Their version of the Revolutionary War Pension Records is the most complete file available. They have also cross referenced the documents for names mentioned which can be very useful.
The variety of other types of records previously posted to this site are still there so it is worth a careful look.