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 48.5 million names (17 CDs) as of 5/1/98, grew by 4% monthly during the previous 6 months. (We exclude Vol. E1, which duplicates names on Vols. 1-13). The 17 CDs can be purchased individually for $40 each.
KKN (Kindred Konnections), with 16 million names as of 5/1/98, grew by 5% monthly during the previous 6 months. A KKN subscription is $100 per year.
GENSERV, with 12.7 million names as of 5/1/98, grew by 4% monthly during the previous 6 months. GENSERV access costs $12 per year. Online graphics track (a) databases added each month and (b) cumulative persons in the GENSERV database.
OLS (Everton's Online Search), with about 5 million names as of 12/97, costs $50 per year. As of 5/1/98, the Web documentation states that OLS has "tens of millions" of names and, on another page, "60 million" names.
GENDEX, with 5.6 million names as of 5/1/98, grew by 6% monthly during the previous 6 months. Guest access to GENDEX is free.
AWT (Ancestry's World Tree), a new database with 6.6 million names as of 5/1/98, grew by 17% monthly during the previous 5 months. Access is free.
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:
FFI, The Family Treemaker (FTM) Family Finder Index, increased from 147 million names as of 2/1/98 to 153 million as of 3/1/98. There was no change between 3/1/98 and 5/1/98. Access to FFI (but not to the actual data files) is free. See WFT, above. The CD version ©1998 (created 1/98, released with FTM 4.4) and the version ©1997 (created 4/97, released with FTM 4.0) have an unknown number of names.
Ancestry.com had 90 million names in "all databases" as of 4/1/98. There was no change between 4/1/98 and 5/1/98.
Residential telephone phone listings:
FOUR11 and WhoWhere and Switchboard have an unknown number of residential household telephone and address listings as of 4/98; all three are free. ProCD's Home Phone (1997 edition 1) had "85 million" listings as of 9/96; until 3/15/98 (now discontinued), it was included in FTM's $50 Starter Bundle II. As of 5/1/98, ProCD's SelectPhone (PRCD102), including 100 million home and business listings, is available from Provantage for $90 (it was $82 as of 4/1/98). As of 5/1/98, SelectPhone Deluxe 98 (PRCD122) is $124, and SelectPhone Deluxe 97 (PRCD119) is $118.
Social Security Death Index:
SSDI, the Social Security Death Index,
with 60 million names as of 3/98, is available, free, through Everton's Genealogical Helper. SSDI with 56 million names is
available, free, through ancestry.com.
Cyndi's List had approximately 28,300 links as of 4/1/98, (27,600 as of 3/16/98). There was no change between 4/1/98 and 5/1/98.
millions of names and monthly growth rate, previous 6 months
millions of names and monthly growth rate, previous 2 months
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 (email@example.com): 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
Deane Merrill, firstname.lastname@example.org