Ancestral Notes

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Hidden Treasures At Internet Archive


Internet Archive has been around for a while, but have you taken advantage of this resource for your research? There is the “Wayback Machine” which the site is well-known for but have you looked around to see what’s actually there. There are over 10,000 items in their Genealogy Collection, just select “Texts” and “Additional Collections” and you will find a page of several collections.

“The Archive’s ever-expanding collection of genealogy resources includes items from the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana; Robarts Library at the University of Toronto; the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Library; and the Boston Public Library.

“Resources include books on surname origins, vital statistics, parish records, and other historical and biographical document”.

Internet Archive have several projects that individuals and organizations can get involved in as well. One of them is the Scanning Service with open and free online access, permanent storage, unlimited downloads and lifetime file management.

Besides media, did you ever have a program on your computer that you liked, but it isn’t available anymore? Check out the Software page, you might find it there.

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