Linked pedigree databases for genealogists are compared below, with indications of their present size, growth rate, and cost. This report clarifies exaggerated claims by some of the vendors. Only in AF (Ancestral File) is there an attempt to remove duplicates.
We make no attempt to compare the quality of the databases. For a review, see Ref.a, below. A few large non-pedigree databases are also listed here. Additions and corrections, especially historical growth statistics, will be appreciated and will be included here.
Linked pedigree databases:
WFT (World Family Tree), with 71 million names (29 CDs) as of 2/1/99, grew by 3% monthly during the previous 6 months. (We exclude Vol. E1, which duplicates names on Vols. 1-13; and the Family Albums Vol. 1). The 29 CDs can be purchased individually for $40 each. Vols. 8-12, or 13-17, or 18-22 combined are $60.
KKN (Kindred Konnections), with 27 million names in the Ancestral Archive as of 2/1/99, grew by 7% monthly during the previous 6 months. A KKN subscription is $100 per year.
GENSERV, with 16 million names as of 2/1/99, grew by 2% monthly during the previous 6 months. GENSERV access costs $12 per year.
AWT (Ancestry's World Tree), with 9.2 million names as of 2/1/99, grew by 3% monthly during the previous 6 months. Access to AWT is free.
GENDEX, with 9.5 million names as of 2/1/99, grew by 4% monthly during the previous 6 months. Guest access to GENDEX is free.
Everton's-On-Line, with about 50,000 charts in the Pedigree File and 80,000 in the Family File as of 11/98, costs $50 per year.
GO (the Genealogy Online GEDCOM collection) had about 3 million names as of 3/98. Access is free. There is no search engine; index files must be downloaded and searched manually.
FT (Family Tracer) had over 1 million names as of 12/97. There is a $4 charge for each download.
Some non-pedigree databases:
The ancestry.com Web site had 832 databases on 2/1/99; 790 on 1/1/99; 750 on 12/1/98; 676 on 10/1/98, 639 on 9/1/98. There were 200 million names overall on 1/1/99; 100 million on 9/1/98; 90 million on 4/1/98. A subscription is $60 per year.
As of 11/1/98, Everton's-On-Line had 85 million names in searchable databases. Access is $50 per year.
The Family Treemaker (FTM) Internet Family Finder included the contents of 173 Family Archive CD's on 2/1/99; 169 on 1/1/99; 161 on 12/1/98. The CD's are available individually for $20-$60 each; the complete set is about $4500. FTM's GenealogyLibrary.com had 1199 books online on 2/1/99; 1136 on 1/1/99; 917 on 12/1/98; 866 on 11/1/98. Access is $50 per year.
The KKN Web site had 87 million names on 1/1/99; 86 million on 12/1/98; 84 million on 11/1/98, 83 million on 9/1/98, 82 million on 7/1/98. Access is $100 per year.
Social Security Death Index:
Cyndi's List had approximately 40,000 links on 2/1/99; 39,000 12/1/98; 31,000 on 10/1/98; 28,000 on 4/1/98.
Residential telephone phone listings:
Historical growth of Ancestral File (AF)
AF is available for free in about two thousand Family History Centers of the Church of
Latter Day Saints (LDS). AF is not Web-accessible. According to various
(conflicting) sources, AF had in:
Mann (firstname.lastname@example.org): Searchable Lineage
Linked Databases, Genealogical Computing, Vol. 17, No. 3, Winter 1998. Not
Web-accessible. Most of the databases listed here were surveyed by Alan Mann in
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