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# Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Genealogy Archives Update
Posted by Diane

New subscription genealogy site Genealogy Archives ($39.95 per year), which launched in July has made some updates and additions to the site, including:
  • Member Profiles, where you can manage your account, view search history, save records and more
  • Ancestor Alerts, which you set up via your profile—enter basic information on a person you’re searching for, and get an e-mail alert when the site finds potential matches in its databases
  • a Search Guide to help members search the site and learn about its records
  • new collections including 200,000 US census records and 100,000 census record images (note that except for the 1860 and 1930 census indexes, which come from Footnote, this isn’t a complete collection—for example, the 1900 census record count is 6,519)
More than 200,000 Canadian immigration, passenger and vital records are coming soon
  • an FAQ for membership questions and to contact site support
  • made the records search in the members-only area more sophisticated, with more fields and the option to choose date ranges
The Genealogy Archives blog will help you keep up on changes to the site.

Genealogy Archives doesn’t have a free basic membership, which can make it a little hard for you to test the waters. Nonmembers can use the links to genealogy resources at the bottom of the home page, read the Expert Series of how-to articles and view information about the site’s collections. Note that most are indexes, rather than document images, and many databases are available free on other sites.

You can sign up for a free seven-day trial to access the members-only area, search the records and use the community forums (you’ll need to enter your credit card number). If you decide not to join, remember to cancel before the trial period is up to avoid being charged.


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Wednesday, December 09, 2009 12:28:21 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
Thursday, December 10, 2009 1:06:36 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I signed up for the free trial. I cancelled after one day. Maybe in a year or so this site will be more beneficial to me, but as of right now, I was disappointed. In fact, I felt as if I'd been lied to. I have been using the internet to do research for nearly 8 years now. I have never had such bad luck searching a site as I did this one. I keyed in a name and was told that there were 20 hits. You would have thought that at least one of those would be the name (if not the person) that I had searched for. No. I tried another in the same family with the same results. If anyone has had better luck, then I am happy for you. As for me, I'm going to pass on this one.
Cathleen Hall
Saturday, December 12, 2009 9:01:58 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I signed up for the trial and forgot to cancel in time, so I'm trying to make the best of a bad choice. It searches resources that are freely available on the internet, but the convenience factor might kick in and make that worth something.

I am annoyed by the padded hits that come up in the "cemetery" database. Every SS Death Index hit is repeated in a cemetery database that lists the cemeteries near (in?) the zip codes of the last known residence.

To be fair to it I tried to ask myself if I would be helped by it if I was not experienced in internet searching and had no access to other subscription databases. I concluded it might be worth something in that case if I was looking for 20th century relatives. But probably not $39.95.

On the whole, I would have to advise against the subscription at this point.
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