Visual Access to Information

We have created a more visual way to find genealogy related resources using the Google Map application and separated the information into three primary groups.

Online Resources – The resource category provides web links to helpful things such as Libraries, City & County offices, historical societies and genealogy societies. In all, we have provided over 8,000 leads to local information that can get you directly connected to a city. This is especially helpful because your search may lead you to unfamiliar cities and towns. With this site, in moments you can be viewing a local library or historical society webpage. With that jumpoff point you can be on your way and connected to the local experts.

Online Digital Books The second group is online digital books which provide great insight into the past. We have included several thousand online books published between 1800 and 1949. We selected a broad range of titles which include topics such as genealogy, family history, early settlers and military, as well as others. All books are freely available to view at no cost.

Online historical Newspapers – The last group is online American historical newspapers. Most go back to the early 1900’s and a few go back to the late 1800’s. Our Google mapping will allow you to quickly connect to digital newspapers which meet your search criteria, although depending on the particular newspaper provider the search capability varies. In some instances, once you have selected a paper you can immediately search for a key word.  In other cases, such as with Google News Archive, you need to perform a second step using the advanced search technique.

Penn Library has a great listing of historical digital newspapers (by state) worth checking out.  All the papers they list are free with no cost.

For access to historic Austrailian newspapers follow this link to Trove which has large collection of of papers from 1850’s to 1900’s (available at no cost).

Temporarily the visual access to digital historic books is limited to 24 states including Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina and Ohio during our website development. Other states will be added shortly.

Our site has links to Genealogy Societies, Historical Societies, Libraries and City / County Offices covering all 50 states.

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