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An ISP or Internet Service Provider is a company or organization that does just what its name implies, provides access to the Internet, usually for a fee. Individual computers do not connect to the Internet automatically, but must be connected through an ISP via some type of modem. An ISP may offer dial-up (phone), satellite, or cable service.

A great volume of genealogy information is available on the Internet today, much of which can be accessed for free through local public libraries, archives, or LDS Family History Centers. However, those who wish to access the Internet using their their own home computers will require the services of a local ISP.

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