Different sites have different requirements for access to the information. Commercial and non-commercial sites use different ways.
Library access card is required.
Heritagequestonline.com list of libraries having access. Some restrictions apply.
Free access, no registration required at all.
- The USGenWeb Project
- American Local History Network
- American History and Genealogy Project
Free access to information, registration / subscription is required to post any information.
Free access to indexes, must pay for subscription or order record to see full information
- Cook County Genealogy (Cook County government site)
- Illinois Death Certificate Index
- Ancestry.com databases (partial indexing) (Free access at selected Family History centers)
M or ($)
Memberships required to access databases. Some may be fee-based memberships.
- Some online newspapers require paid subscription to access articles and/or obituaries.
FSP (code reserved for future use)
FamilySearch is working with various partners to create indexes of certain content which will be in part accessible via what is now known as Record Search (currently in Pilot). Most images and indexes both will be free. However, some parties partnering with FamilySearch desire that they be able to do certain things with their data where a fee is required for accessing the data images.
These parties, however, in their agreement with FamilySearch, are making the data that others would otherwise pay for, to those that would be referred to as 'FamilySearch Members'. There would be certain criteria used to determine who was a FamilySearch Member and those would have rights to access the images for free. Details are being worked out on how to authenticate access, and the final requirements necessary to be considered a FamilySearch Member in some instances, but this is anticiated to be in place sometime later in 2009. In other words, details on this are forthcoming.
This access code is not presently needed but may be in some form needed once the FamilySearch Members program is finalized and rolled out.
ILL (Inter-Library Loan)
The libraries, archives and universities taking part in the inter-library loan system has books, manuscripts and/or books available for loan to library patrons. There are some libraries and universities who may not allow inter-library loan of certain materials, such as rare books, special collections, etc.