Lots of articles about bitcoin say that anyone can see all the transactions that have ever taken place, and they call that "the ledger." But none of those articles give a link for where to actually see this ledger.
I found something that looks like it might be the ledger. On Blockchain.com, if I click on "Explorer", the resulting page has a section, "Latest Transactions", and that has a link for "View All Transactions". However, clicking on that link brings up a page called "Unconfirmed Transactions". Each row there shows a time, an amount in both BTC and a selected fiat currency, and a link for more information. So this looks like a ledger, except for two problems:
The title indicates that this is not a list of completed transaction, and next to the title is an information tip that explains: "Submitted to network but have not yet been included in a block." So it looks like this is a list of offers that may or may not have been executed and turned into actual transactions. So it is not a list of completed transactions.
The list has several dozen entries from the past second or two, and that's all, with entries constantly scrolling off the page to be replaced by new ones. There is no continuation link to see older entries.
So that's not the ledger.
The Explorer page also has a section, "Latest Blocks", which has a link for "View All Blocks". Clicking on that brings up a page called "Blocks", with the information tip, "Blocks contain validated Bitcoin network transactions." The rows on this page have links to pages with data on each block. Each of those pages has two sections, first some data about the block, and then a list of transactions. Each entry in this list contains a timestamp and an amount of BTC on the left side, broken down into a list of BTC amounts on the right side, followed by the sum of that list shown in green, and a fee in BTC back on the left. The sum of the list of BTC on the right plus the fee add up to the first BTC amount on the left.
So this looks like it could be the ledger, except for another problem. Blockchain.com is a commercial enterprise selling cryptocurrency services. So this list cannot be the official ledger, but is a compilation of data put together as a public service. So where is the official ledger with the data that this comes from? From another question I asked yesterday, it appears that running Bitcoin Core provides all the data of the ledger.
So the conclusion I've come to is:
The official ledger is available by running Bitcoin Core.
For people who don't want to install that, the data from it are provided in an unofficial ledger at Blockchain.com, consisting of the "Blocks" page plus its subsidiary pages on each individual block.
Have I got that right?