I just happened to come across a new posting from Dick Eastman that I believe would be of interest to you.
The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has just announced that it is making available “free” access to a select group of some of its renowned Colonial American databases that are generally reserved to members of the society starting on December 30, 2015 and ending on January 31, 2016.
It is providing access to a limited number of its databases and not all of the databases just for clarification.
Here is a link to Dick Eastman’s post providing all of the details:
Here is a link to a part of the NEHGS website that provides information on this offering:
You can also check out the website of the society just to see what they are all about and what they offer to members and non-members alike. You can see them at:
I think this is also worth noting because our library has a subscription to the society and as such we are able to offer access to their full selection of these databases ONLY FROM WITHIN THE LIBRARY ON OUR REFERENCE COMPUTERS.
The full database in our library is called “American Ancestors” and it is in the Genealogy Databases on our Reference computers.
Anyone can come to our library buildings and have access to the “American Ancestors” database resource for Colonial American research. However, due to licensing restrictions, our library does not allow access to this database outside of our buildings. Home access to genealogical databases is a wonderful convenience to offer but we must adhere to the limitations placed on us by outside organizations. Access to the “American Ancestors” databases only from within our library is similar to Ancestry.com and the access we can provide to them via the Ancestry Library Edition we have that also limits access to in-house library use.
So here is a wonderful opportunity for anyone doing Colonial American research to access a portion of the database from home all during the month of January 2016 through the NEHGS once you register with them.
When you read the Dick Eastman post, you will note that you will need to register yourself with the NEHGS to be able to gain access to this material during January 2016.
If you have Colonial American ancestors AND you are not an existing member of the society AND you don’t/can’t come to our library to use this database in our library building, then by all means this is an opportunity for you to get access to a portion of the database to do some research from home.
I am glad I saw this and can give you a longer “heads up” for you to begin accessing a portion of the database from home from the NEHGS during January 2016.
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