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# Monday, March 23, 2009
What's NOT in Ancestry Library Edition
Posted by Diane

In Family Tree Magazine articles including our May 2009 guide to the subscription genealogy site Ancestry.com, we often suggest Ancestry Library Edition—free to patrons at many public libraries—as a budget-friendly way to access most of Ancestry.com's collections.

What exactly do we mean by “most”? Here’s a list of Ancestry.com databases that aren’t in Ancestry Library Edition (due to licensing and other issues), and some alternate resources for each:
  • Family and Local Histories Collection
    These town, county and family histories and journals aren't in Ancestry Library Edition, but they are part of HeritageQuest Online, another service many libraries offer (and it's usually accessible to patrons from home via the library’s Web site).
  • Historical Newspapers Collection
    See if your library offers access to ProQuest Historical Newspapers or GenealogyBank.
  • Passenger and Immigration Lists Index
    The original data in this index to approximately 4,588,000 individuals came from P. William Filby’s Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Though it's not as up-to-date, see if the library has the book. Note Ancestry Library Edition does have the Ancestry.com database of National Archives immigration passenger lists.
  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index
    This database lists millions of Americans who’ve been profiled in collective biography volumes such as Who's Who in America. Some libraries offer this index separately.
  • PERSI
    The Periodical Source Index, a collection of 2 million-plus references to family history articles published in US and Canadian periodicals since 1800, is searchable (in more-updated form) using HeritageQuest Online.

Ancestry.com | Libraries and Archives
Monday, March 23, 2009 8:50:31 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 8:15:08 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Thanks, Diane, for this very useful post. As a librarian in a public library that subscribes to Ancestry LE, I get asked this question all the time. Now I can answer authoritatively.
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