Genealogy from the perspective of a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon, LDS)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Deeper look at AmericanAncestors Databases

Recently, the New England Historic Genealogical Society entered into an agreement with to make the resources of the website available to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for free. As part of the limitations of that partnership, lists twenty-five online databases in its collections that are not available to LDS members for free. As with each of the partner accounts, members should become familiar with exactly what is and what is not included in such an account.

The collections on that are not included as listed in an online article entitled, "Welcome to Your American Ancestors Affiliate Account!" At a meeting yesterday of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG), it was mentioned that some of the listed collections are available elsewhere. Here is the list:

  1. American Canadian Genealogical Society Index of Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1840-2000
  2. American Genealogist, The
  3. Beekman Patent, The Settlers of, Vols. 1-8 [Dutchess Co., NY]
  4. Connecticut Nutmegger
  5. Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to N.E. 1620-1633, Vols. I-III
  6. Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume I, A-S
  7. Massachusetts State Census 1855
  8. Massachusetts State Census 1865
  9. Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910
  10. Massachusetts Vital Records, 1911-1915
  11. Massachusetts Vital Records Index, 1916-1970
  12. Massachusetts: Grand Lodge of Masons Membership Cards, 1733-1990.
  13. Mayflower Descendant, The
  14. New England Historical and Genealogical Register (1847-present)
  15. New Hampshire: Miscellaneous Censuses and Substitutes, 1640-1890
  16. New Hampshire: Births to 1901, Deaths and Marriages to 1937
  17. Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine
  18. Rhode Island Census Collection: 1865-1935
  19. Rhode Island Roots
  20. Rhode Island Vital Records, 1636-1850
  21. Search for Missing Friends: Irish Immigrant Advertisements, 1831-1920
  22. U.S. City Directories (forthcoming)
  23. Vermont: Miscellaneous Censuses and Substitutes, 1778–1822, 1840
  24. Vermont Vital Records to 2008
  25. Virginia Genealogist, The
I checked several of the collections through online searches. For example, I found a few back copies of The American Genealogist, digitized and available on Google Books. A complete set is also in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. You might also check on for additional library locations. See The American Genealogist.

Another example, the third item on the list is a book. 

Doherty, Frank J. Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Dutchess County, New York: An Historical and Genealogical Study of All the 18th Century Settlers in the Patent. Pleasant Valley, N.Y.: F.J. Doherty, 1990.

It is available, digitized online, in the Books section of the website. 

I suggest that if any of these collections are of interest to you, that you do a thorough search online for an alternate source either digitized or sitting in a library near you.

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