This is reprinted from Eastman's Genealogy Newsletter found on line. I am including it here because as patrons of the Largo Public Library we have access to the NEHGS website and the data referred to here.
The use of the site is even a subject of one of our classes on use of the library databases (besides Ancestry.com). Here's Dick Eastman's article:
"The following announcement was written by the New England Historic Genealogical Society:
"Boston, MA – January 2009 – New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) announces the addition of 5 million names to its databases during 2008 to help its more than 23,000 members around the country with their family history research. The new data includes more than 1 million new Massachusetts records and more than 3 million records to the Social Security Death Index database.
"The NEHGS Web site, www.NewEnglandAncestors.org, is home to more than 120 million searchable names in 2,500 databases covering areas like New England, New York, Canada, and the eastern United States."