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Free premium family history websites available in the Family History Center Portal
Symptoms (Problems)
  • What websites are available for free through the Family History Center Portal?

  • What subscription websites are available for free?

  • Why is asking for a fee for only this particular content?

Answer (Resolution)

The following free subscription websites must be accessed through the Family History Center Portal at If accessed through the links below, the websites will not be free.



  • If centers are having problems accessing the premium family history websites in their Family History Center Portal, go to Premium Family History Websites Help (found in the lower section of the FHC Portal home page in the blue panel).

  • When premium websites are displayed, note that there is a link at the bottom of the screen to Premium Websites Help. Descriptions are found there also.

  • Family history center consultants can help you to access the center's Family History Center Portal where these available premium family history websites are offered. Additional details, instructional information, and online support for resolving problems with the website features, website navigation, and so forth are provided on the vendor's website.

  • The 19th Century British Library Newspapers digital archive
    This fully searchable database of the British Library's newspaper holdings provides a complete run of 48 national and regional Victorian British newspapers for the 19th century from 1800 to 1900. These support the study of colonial history, genealogical research, politics, urban studies, and media courses.

  • Access Newspaper Archives
    " is the world's largest online newspaper archive. Featuring billions of articles from historical newspapers around the U.S. and the world, NewspaperARCHIVE makes exploring history and genealogy easy and fun. Discover fascinating news in archived newspapers hundreds of years old—including obituaries, birth announcements, sports articles, comics, and more—to fill in the life stories you are interested in. And share those stories with others through our community at Our NewspaperARCHIVE. All of our historical newspapers are full-page and fully searchable. Try exploring above, and discover your history today!"

  • Alexander Street Press, American Civil War

    • Research Data: Contains indexed, searchable information on over 4 million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with 15,000 photographs.

    • Letters and Diaries: Contains approximately 100,000 indexed pages of diaries, letters, and memoirs, including 4,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscripts, such as the letters of Amos Wood and his wife and the diary of Maryland planter William Claytor.
    • Images, Photographs, Posters, and Ephemera: Provides a vivid history of the American Civil War with over 1,400 images.

  • Ancestry.com
    Ancestry gives you access to thousands of collections of records from around the world, including immigration, census, voter, vital, and military records; newspapers and periodicals; family trees; photos and images; directories, maps, court, land, wills and financial records, stories, memories, and histories; and detailed records about births, marriages, deaths, land ownership, and much more. It is the largest for-profit genealogy company in the world. All family history centers have access to Library Edition version through their Family History Center Portal at (effective 2/8/2011).

  • ArkivDigital Online
    ArkivDigital is the largest private provider of Swedish Church Records and other historical records online! All images are newly photographed color images of the original documents.

  • Find My Past
    FindMyPast makes it easy to research your UK ancestry and create your family tree. Search census records and trace births, marriages, and deaths to bring your family history to life. Please note that not all of the content from Find My Past is available in family history centers.

    • 1911 British Census (accessed through the Find My Past website)–The 1911 UK Census is a record of everyone who lived in England and Wales in 1911. It provides a unique snapshot of the lives of those who lived at that time.

  • Fold3 (formerly–
    Search or browse millions of historical documents and photos. Fold3 has refocused their efforts on gathering the best online collection of military records and stories. The Fold3 name reflects military history and honor, since traditionally, the third fold in a flag-folding ceremony honors and remembers veterans for their sacrifice in defending their country and promoting peace in the world. See Using Fold3 at a Family History Center for more information.

  • The Genealogist–
    English parish records, directories, census, civil registration, surname mapping, and selected army and navy lists.

This service was temporarily removed on 22 October, 2013. This contract is in negotiation now.


  • Heritage Quest Online

    Heritage Quest Online database is a collection of material for both genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. Researchers can use HeritageQuest Online to find their ancestors, trace their paths across America, and learn what life was like in the areas where they settled. Searches include:

    • Census: Find ancestors in the complete set of U.S. federal census images from 1790 to 1930, including name indexes for many years.
    • Books: Find information on people and places described in over 24,000 family and local histories.
    • PERSI Periodical Source Index™: Find information about people and places from this index of over 2 million genealogy and local history articles, updated annually.
    • Revolutionary War: Search selected records from the Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files.
    • Freedman’s Bank: Search for individuals in Freedman’s Bank (1865-1874), which was founded to serve African Americans. Includes a name index and images for bank depositors and their dependents and heirs.
    • U.S. Serial Set: Search the Memorials, Petitions, and Private Relief Actions of the U.S. Congress in the LexisNexis® U.S. Serial Set.

  • Historic Map Works Library Edition
    Historic Map Works™ Library Edition is one of the most extensive digital map collections available, with over 470,000 high-resolution, full color historic and antique maps. The core of the collection consists of cadastral (property and land ownership) maps illustrating the geographic and development history of the United States and also includes illustrations, city directories, and more. This unique content allows genealogists, historians, and academic researchers to track the "residential genealogy" of families and locations.

  • Legacy
    Put the leaves on your family tree by giving voice to your ancestors. LegacyStories.Org is a social network for all things heritage. Provides a secure platform to upload stories and photos and add recorded narration. The resulting pictures, stories, and narration can be linked as source records on FamilySearch Family Tree. The site offers a full suite of exciting features, including:

    • Record oral photo narratives directly from your computer microphone.

    • Multi-media story publisher.

    • Social network for feedback and collaboration.

    • Public archives to view and share stories.

    • Five levels of privacy.

    • The Legacy Shop for heritage replayed books, DVD equipment, software, etc.

  • Origins.net
    (The site is available only at large regional family history centers and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.) Features comprehensive and exclusive British and Irish record collections dating back to the 13th century, as well as rare and unique photos and books to browse.

  • Paper Trail
    Provides access to 19th-century westward American migration documents.

  • World Vital Records
    Access to birth, marriage, and death records; Social Security Death Index; family trees; census records; immigration records; court, land, and probate records; military records directory lists; newspapers, family histories, reference materials, biographies, wills, gravestone photos, ship manifests, map collections, and yearbook collections. Proper log-in through the portal is confirmed by a "Welcome Family History Center Patron!" banner on the web page. Also see document 111572 for an explanation of why some data may not be available.

(Updated 23 Oct 2013)

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