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Don't forget about some of the megasites listed under the Top Ten tab!
Even the sites that required a subscription have some areas that are searchable for free.
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Commercial Databases (Subscription based)
a) Heritage Quest Online
This is a commercial site provided by Proquest. It provides complete US Federal Census images for all decades (1790-1940) and name indexes for many years. Also included are about 28,000 family and local histories, and many primary sources. Also includes PERSI (genealogy index) and Freedmans Bank (African American Bank). It is only available from subscribing libraries such as Allentown Public Library http://allentownpl.org/online-resources/ or from local Family History Centers. The company will no longer offer remote, in-home access to the members of genealogical and historical societies or to individuals.
Their motto is to make family history simple and affordable. They have 4.8 billion digital records including records from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Now partnered with FindaGrave and Newspapers.com. 1940 census records are free.
Institutional version if available at Family History Center portals. Previously, a United Kingdom site, now expanded to US data. Contains Persi Index (will be linked to articles!), US censuses, etc. Great for UK censuses, vital records, newspapers, and church records.
Mocavo is a genealogy focused search engine. It is something like a Google for genealogy. It was recently acquired by FindMyPast. To do their specialized global search of all databases, you will need to subscribe. Single searches are free.
Geni says it is the world's leading collaborative genealogy site. Geni says it is creating one family tree for the entire world, built from the collaborative research of millions of genealogists. This is called their World Family Tree. There are currently almost 89 million profiles connected to this tree. Some searching is free.
Genealogy software, FamilySearch certified. Free trial downloads.
Genealogy software, FamilySearch certified. Free trial downloads. Excellent free webinars at http://www.familytreewebinars.com
h) Family Tree Maker
Information on the #1 selling genealogy software program, with tutorials. Owned by Ancestry.com
i) My Trees
An archive of user submitted family trees. Free trials.
A growing genealogy resource. Owned by MyHeritage with content partnerships with FindMy Past and Newspaper Archive. Not just vital records! Subscription required. Free at local Family History Centers.