Commerical Databases Free at the FHC

The following free subscription websites are accessed through the Family History Center Portal (at ) [an excerpt from FamilySearch knowledge document ID: 106761]

  • The 19th Century British Library Newspapers digital archive - - This fully searchable database of the British Library's newspaper holdings, provides a complete run of 48 national and regional Victorian British newspapers for the 19th century from 1800 to 1900. These support the study of colonial history, genealogical research, politics, urban studies and media courses.
  • Alexander Street Press - American Civil War -
    • Research Data: Contains indexed, searchable information on over 4 million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with 15,000 photographs.
    • Letters and Diaries: Contains approximately 100,000 indexed pages of diaries, letters, and memoirs, including 4,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscripts, such as the letters of Amos Wood and his wife and the diary of Maryland planter William Claytor.
    • Images, Photographs, Posters, and Ephemera: Provides a vivid history of the American Civil War with over 1,400 images.
  • - Ancestry gives you access to thousands of collections of records from around the world including immigration, census, voter, vital, and military records, newspapers & periodicals, family trees, photos & images, directories, maps, court, land, wills & financial records, stories, memories & histories, and detailed records about births, marriages, deaths, land ownership and much more. It is the largest for-profit genealogy company in the world. All family history centers have access to Library Edition version through their Family History Center Portal at (effective 2/8/2011).
  • ArkivDigital - (English version: - ArkivDigital is the biggest private provider of Swedish Church Records and other Historical Records on-line! All images are newly photo-graphed images of the original documents, in color. More than 24 million images at your disposal through AD OnLine.
  • Find My Past - FindMyPast makes it easy to research your UK ancestry and create your family tree. Search census records and trace births, marriages and deaths to bring your family history to life. (See KD 103591 for news release.)
    • 1911 British Census (accessed through the Find My Past website) - The 1911 UK Census is a record of everyone who lived in England and Wales in 1911. It provides a unique snapshot of the lives of your ancestors.
  • - View original historical documents and photos online. (After following the "portal" link, if successful, you should see "footnote at a Family History Center" at the top of the Footnote web page.)
  • The Genealogist - - English Parish records, directories, census, civil registration, surname mapping and selected Army and Navy lists.
  • Genline Family Finder (launcher) - - Subscription-based website that offers access to images of the original Swedish church records from the 1600's to 1897. The record types include births, marriages, deaths, household examination books or the clerical registrations, and registers of movement in and out of the parishes. Genline's archive also includes the civil registration between 1860 and 1897 for births, marriages and deaths. Will be adding newer records up to the 1930's.
  • Godfrey Memorial Library - Contains U.S. and international resources, the Genealogical biographical Index (AGBI) containing statistics, sources for research, local histories, church and vital records, military lists, etc. Extensive collection of city and business directories, vital records, state, county and local histories, as well as numerous family histories, funeral sermons, family Bible records, and service and pension records. Provides access to the 19th century U.S. news, accessible archives to 19th century newspapers, African American newspapers, and the London Times digital archives newspaper databases, biography databases, and various church and cemetery records.  (To see a list of available databases: After following the "portal" link, simply hover over the Log-in tab, and then select FHC Log-in from the drop-down menu. It will take a moment to read your certificate before it takes you to the list of databases.)
  • Heritage Quest Online - Heritage Quest Online database is only available to those FHCs who meet certain qualifications (for more information click qualifications).

    Heritage Quest Online database is a collection of material for both genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. Researchers can use HeritageQuest Online to find their ancestors, trace their paths across America, and learn what life was like in the areas where they settled. Searches include:
    • Census: find ancestors in the complete set of U.S. Federal Census images from 1790-1930 including name indexes for many years.
    • Books: Find information on people and places described in over 24,000 family and local histories.
    • PERSI Periodical Source Index™: Find information about people and places from this index of over 2.0 million genealogy and local history articles updated annually.
    • Revolutionary War: Search selected records from the Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files.
    • Freedman’s Bank: Search for individuals in Freedman’s Bank (1865-1874), which was founded to serve African Americans. Includes a name index and images for bank depositors and their dependants and heirs.
    • U.S. Serial Set: Search the Memorials, Petitions, and Private Relief Actions of the U.S. Congress in the LexisNexis® U.S. Serial Set.
  • Historic Map Works Library Edition - Historic Map Works is only available to those FHCs who meet the qualifications for Heritage Quest Online (for more information click qualifications). Historic Map Works™ Library Edition is one of the most extensive digital map collections available, with over 470,000 high-resolution, full color historic and antique maps. The core of the collection consists of cadastral maps (property and land ownership) illustrating the geographic and development history of the United States and also includes illustrations, city directories, and more! This unique content allows genealogists, historians, and academic researchers to track the "residential genealogy" of families and locations.
  • Paper Trail - 19th Century westward American migration documents.
  • World Vital Records - Access to birth, marriage and death records, Social Security Death Index, family trees, census records, immigration records, court, land, and probate records, military records’ directory lists, newspapers, family histories, reference materials, biographies, wills, gravestone photos, ship manifests, map collections, and yearbook collections. Proper login through the "portal" is confirmed by a "Welcome Family History Center Patron!" banner on the web page. Also see KD 111572 for explanation of why some data may not be available.

    (Updated by FamilySearch on 08 February 2011)