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New Premium Services Available for Free through Family History Centers

FamilySearch announced the addition of new premium online genealogy services available for free through its family history center network. The expanded services are in keeping with FamilySearch’s goal to provide increased economical access to records that will assist individuals in family history pursuits. Following is a list and description of the new resources.

Footnote (
Footnote is a subscription-based website that features searchable, original documents that provide users a view of the events, places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. The site will have over 25 million digital images by the end of 2007. Footnote is currently working with FamilySearch to index the American Revolutionary War Pension files. Additional projects with FamilySearch are under development.

Individuals with Footnote subscriptions will still be able to sign in with the same Footnote username and password they use at home to save, annotate, and upload content.

Godfrey Memorial Library (
Godfrey Memorial Library has an extensive collection of essential resources to assist genealogical and historical research. Resources include newspapers, city and business directories, vital records, printed census records, state, county, and local histories, as well as numerous family histories, family bible records, and service and pension records.

Heritage Quest/ProQuest (
Heritage Quest online includes the complete set of U.S. Federal Census images from 1790 to 1930 including names and indexes for many of the sets. Users will be able to find people and places located in over 20,000 published family and local histories and PERSI, an index of over 1.9 million genealogy and local history articles. Other online databases include Revolutionary War Pension, Bounty-Land Warrant Application files, and the Freedman Bank Records.

Access to this service will be limited to 1400 family history centers in North America. Patrons should contact their local family history center to see if this service is available if their local center. Family history center directors should contact Family History Center Support with questions.

Kindred Konnections (
Kindred Konnections has over 230 million pedigree linked names with submitter information. The online pedigrees are not merged, but maintained by individual patrons.  There are additional databases of birth, marriage, death, and census records that are automatically searched along with the pedigree linked data.  Segments of pedigrees can be downloaded.

World Vital Records ( provides access to research helps and has a wide variety of international records, including more than 60 Parish registers, Scottish death records, UK marriages, and Irish prisoner records. There are more than 300 newspapers with 100,000 pages added a month, and over 500 online databases, including vital, military, land, pension records, reference materials, family histories, maps, gazetteers, and international coops. With the recent Quintin Publications partnership, WorldVitalRecords will soon have more than 10,000 databases online.  At least one new database is added every business day.


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I am confused about your news item that announces the addition of new premium online genealogy services available for free.
All of the sites that you mention in your article are fee based and require membership. Free indicates no cost. It seems to me that you are deliberately trying to confuse the readers with information that is manifestly not true. So, can you tell me how I can get the online services for free?

David, these services, which normally require a fee, will be offered for free when accessing them from a Family History Center.

Apart from Heritage Quest which seems to be US only, are they available world-wide?

How do I go to family history center when I can not find a listing in the phone book in Boise and Nampa, Idaho

Greetings, Ron! Heritage Quest has loads of books that cover European ancestors, just not any digitized documents like the US census and Revolutionary War Pension Applications. Many of the resources they have for Europe are wonderful including church registers, will indices and so on. It just takes a lot of work to find them sometimes as the search engine leaves much to be desired. I have thousands of dollars worth of research I have conducted on that site that I got for free through my public library.

I live in Sydney Australia. Please tell me where my nearest Family History Center is; or is there a website I can use for free?

What is a family history centre?

Just a FYI - I am a Family History Center consultant and we just received an email from the church that said: "Correction Regarding Premium Online Services

The premium online services described below and in the 29 May 2007 e-mail are not yet available. We will inform you as they become available.

Dan Orr

To find a Family History Center, go to and use the "Find a Family History Center Near Your Home" search box. For United States & Canada, enter a state or province. All others, enter the country.

Boise Idaho
3676 West Dorian
Boise, Ada, Idaho, United States
Phone: 208-338-3811

Hyde Park Sydney Australia
64 Liverpool Road
Summer Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Phone: 61-2-9283-7196

As previously mentioned:
"Correction Regarding Premium Online Services

The premium online services described below and in the 29 May 2007 e-mail are not yet available. We will inform you as they become available."

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