Fully indexed census records of all US census years and thousands of other databases, including ship's records, banking records, vital statistics, and many, many more.
What is the difference between Ancestry.com and the Ancestry Library Edition?
Ancestry.com is designed for the individual so there is a lot of personalized functionality and there are personalized options available to individual subscribers that are not available on our institutional sites.
The following is a list of the major features and functionality that Ancestry.com subscribers have available that are not included in the institutional versions of Ancestry:
Family Trees Tab
This section of the site has many great ways to share and manage all the great information you find at Ancestry.com including the ability to upload photos, documents and add stories about ancestors into Personal and Public Member Trees.
Browse or search millions of messages on thousands of surname, locality and topic-centric boards to connect and learn from long lost relatives and newfound friends. Use the Member Directory to search for other members of the Ancestry community who have common family history interests.
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Additionally, there are certain databases that are available on Ancestry.com, that are NOT available on Ancestry Library Edition (ALE):
■Historical Newspaper Collection
■Family and Local History Collection
■Periodical Source Index (PERSI)
■Filby's Passenger and Immigration Lists Index (PLI)
■Biography & Genealogy Master Index (BGMI)
■Freedman's Bank Records