The Genealogy “Room” at Internet Archive

Have you visited the genealogy page on Internet Archive? If you haven’t – or haven’t been there recently – you may want to stop by for a look. There are currently close to 40,000 digital publications ranging from family genealogies and local histories to parish registers and city directories. These publications are 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; Brigham Young University, the National Library of Scotland, the Leo Baeck Institute Archives, the Boston Public Library and more.

There’s an alphabetical index of the contents as well as a search facility and you can subscribe to the page feed to keep up as new items are added. Publications can be read online or downloaded in a number of e-reader formats including PDF, Kindle and EPUB.

Don’t just limit yourself to the genealogy page. In the American Libraries section you’ll find publications from the Library of Congress (a search for “genealogy” found thousands of results) and many public and university libraries. Then there’s the Canadian Libraries, the Universal Library and many more.

Internet Archives is an awesome resource for researchers that just keeps growing. Take advantage of its search and RSS features to stay up-to-date on possible hits of research gold.

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