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The Internet subscription services described below are fee-based; they are freely available at the Library of Congress, and at other institutions which have paid to make them available to researchers working onsite. In order to access these sites, a researcher must go to an institution (like the Library of Congress) which subscribes to them, or subscribe to the services themselves from home (which can be somewhat costly). A list of selected free genealogy websites, which are freely available to anyone with Internet access, is maintained by the Local History and Genealogy Section.

Ancestry Library Edition The site provides access to more than one and a half billion names in over 4,000 databases. Key databases include digital images of the U.S. Federal census, the New York Passenger Lists from 1820-1891, the Civil War Collection, the American Genealogical-Biographical Index, the Social Security Death Index, and the Massachusetts Town Vital Records Collection.
HeritageQuest Online A growing collection of research material for tracing family history and American culture. The site contains digital images of the U. S. Federal census; more than 25,000 family and local histories in full image; the Periodical Source Index (a comprehensive subject index to more than 6,500 genealogy and local history periodicals); selected records from the Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files; and records from the Freedman's Bank (1865-1874).
Accessible Archives Contains primary source material from 18th and 19th century publications. Currently the data is full-text with no images. Includes full-text of The Pennsylvania Gazette from 1728 to 1800.
New England Ancestors Resources and databases of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. The site offers full text access to the New England Historical and Genealogical Register from 1847 to 1994, genealogies, vital records of many New England towns, military records, and church records. Although the emphasis is on New England genealogy, other parts of the U. S. are represented.

Other Internet-based subscription services at the Library of Congress of interest to genealogists and local historians include the following:

America: History and Life An abstracting service with historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.
ArchivesUSA A guide to collections of primary source material found in repositories throughout the United States.
Biography and Genealogy Master Index An index to millions of biographical sketches found in current and retrospective reference works.
JSTOR A database containing the full text of articles from more than fifty scholarly journals.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers A database offering full-text and full-image articles from the Atlanta Constitution, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, dating back to their first issues.
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