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.
archives.gov: 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:
nationalarchives.gov.uk: The National Archives (U.K.)
This is the agency that houses all those cool government records in the UK.
archive.org: 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.)
Archives is a subscription website which started in 2009 and purchased by Ancestry in 2012.