I went to the www.footnote.com site and it looked to me as though it was a "subscription only" site. Am I mistaken?
Funny that you should ask. Just today, our local Family History Center opened up free access via FamilySearch on our four best computers. Now patrons can come to the FHC, and click to a special section of FamilySearch.org in order to access the following websites:
- HeritageQuest Online
- World Vital Records
- Godfrey Memorial Library
- Kindred Connections
You'll have to see if your local LDS Family History Center has turned on the option. Ol' Myrt is writing a follow-up blog entry describing the activation process for FHC computer techs -- at least the one that worked for me when I got our computers going. To find a FHC near you, see: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp
Indeed, many of the websites encourage individual memberships. I think the idea is to have patrons use the websites at their FHC, and then decide it is a good idea to subscribe to one or two at home. But signing up at home is not a requirement for accessing these valuable databases, since you can do all your research at your local FHC.
Please also note that some parts of Footnote.com are always free, including the huge Published Pennsylvania Archives. You can find it by clicking the "WHAT'S FREE" button on the main page at www.Footnote.com .
Happy family tree climbing!
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