US Census Records – Fee or Free Comparison Chart

Here's a comparison chart of US Census Records available at FamilySearch and some partner websites including AmericanAncestors, Ancestry, FindMyPast, and MyHeritage. Each title links to a record collection. FamilySearch is the only entirely free collection but you can use the other links to get a feel for the look of each site. AmericanAncestors links to a general search window and you'll need to select the database, "United State Census ..." "Index only" means a site provides a name index, which is information extracted from the handwritten census record. This usually includes every name in the census, the census year, the place the record was collected, the age and gender of the family member, and possibly information about other family members living at the residence, etc. "Index and Images" means the site provides the index and an image of the handwritten census record. The image allows you to verify the extracted information, and possibly see other census information no…
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The Barbour Collection – Fee or Free

The Barbour Collection is the best early vital records collection for Connecticut birth, marriage, and death records, aside from town vital records. It's named after Lucius B. Barbour, Connecticut’s examiner of public records in the early 1900s. It's a statewide index of Connecticut birth, marriage, and death records listed alphabetically and by towns. The date ranges vary by town, based on when the town was created and started keeping records. In Connecticut, by law, each town was and still is responsible for keeping and maintaining the birth records, marriage records, and death records for that town. Barbour, as well as those he enlisted, went town to town copying these vital records. They attempted to compile records through 1850 but some towns have records up to 1870. The Barbour Collection is not complete, and AmericanAncestors (NEHGS) has a great article explaining some known deficiencies. Fee options for the Barbour Collection AmericanAncestors.com AmericanAnc…
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Fee or Free Online Books

I use online books all the time in my family history research. From city directories to county histories to family genealogies, I'm always turning to online books for hints as to where my family might have lived. Here are some fee and free offerings that I've found helpful (and a few that I've never needed but that might be helpful in your research).     FEE Ancestry catalog The Ancestry Card Catalog (I linked to a random page in their book search) has many useful genealogy books that are only available with an Ancestry Subscription. If you don't have a subscription at Ancestry you can always copy the title of the book and author and search the free sites to see if it's available somewhere else. (FamilySearch Books, Internet Archive, HathiBooks, and Google Books-free are the first places I would look.) Ancestry does offer a couple great resource books for free, please see below for more info. MyHeritage Book Matching MyHeritage has over 400,000 digitized …
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