Know Your Archives Websites

Have you ever talked with a genealogy buddy about an archives website that you both love… and 3 minutes into the conversation you realize you’re talking about two different websites? There are some websites that have similar names or URLs and it can be confusing. Here’s a handy guide to help you sort out which archives site is which.¬†

Know Your Archives Websites National Archives and Records Administration (U.S.)

This is the agency that houses all those cool records from the Federal government, like Civil War pension files.

Not to be confused with: The National Archives (U.K.)

This is the agency that houses all those cool government records in the UK.

Then there’s: Internet Archive

The Wayback Machine, digitized books, and a gazillion other neat things. They are a non-profit organization, not a government agency. (Note: there’s no S in their URL.)

And finally… Archives

Archives is a subscription website which started in 2009 and purchased by Ancestry in 2012.

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