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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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There are quite a few resources at Ancestry by subscription that can be had for free if you just know where to look. Internet Archive is an underused resource with such treasures as the Winslow Papers, Edgerton Ryerson’s Centennial Celebration of the Settlement of Upper Canada where the old loyalist list is located, History of Plimouth Plantation (from William Bradford’s book), all sorts of town records, military records, muster rolls, history books, memoirs, biographies, autobiographies, genealogies etc. for free download in a variety of forms. The books are searchable and easy to copy and paste.
When I have some free time I like to see what’s new, and I always find at least one book that is useful in my research.
This is a great way to share resource books that are copyright-free or open-source too. That’s where they come from, individuals take the time to scan every page of the original book and upload it to the site in PDF format. Since all of these nice people do this for us, the public, voluntarily, shouldn’t it be our duty to check there first before going to Ancestry?

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