Archives.com

Archives.com

Archives.com has been helping people with their genealogical research since July 2009. They have increased the quality of their services with partnerships with FamilySearch and The National Archives Administration of the United States. In August 2012 Archives.com became part of the Ancestry.com family and hopes to develop a better experience for their users. 

The Good

  • Resources

Archives.com, now part of the Ancestry.com family, offers users a wide variety of resources for their genealogical research. Some other highlights include:

  • Active presence on social media
  • Partnered with many trustworthy companies
  • Free trial offered
  • Website is operated by Ancestry.com Operations Inc.
  • Useful blog
  • TRUSTe Certified Privacy
  • DNA Testing
  • Nearly 120 million newspaper images
  • More than 4.3 billion records
  • 317 collections

The Bad

  • Countries

Archives has billions of records, but those records only cover a small portion of the world. This site will not be useful if you have ancestors that lived outside of the U.S. or the U.K. Countries such as Australia and Canada are not even represented in the records at Archives.

The Bottom Line

We would not recommend using Archives as your primary resource in doing genealogical research. The site does contain lots of useful information, but you are better off starting your research somewhere else and then using Archives to supplement the work you are doing.

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