Did you know Internet Archive has a Genealogy Collection? If not, it’s time for a visit. There are currently more than 131,000 digital publications ranging from family genealogies and local histories to parish registers and city directories. According to the collection description you will find publications from:
- the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
- the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto
- the Indianapolis City Library’s Indianapolis City Directory and Yearbooks collection
- the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Library
- Brigham Young University
- the National Library of Scotland
- the Leo Baeck Institute Archives
- the Boston Public Library.
There’s an alphabetical index of the contents as well as a search facility and you can subscribe in the Forum screen to get updates – via email or RSS feed – as new items are added. Publications can be read online or downloaded to 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. There are also impressive collections of local histories, military/regimental histories and much more. Then there’s the Canadian Libraries, the Universal Library and many more.
Internet Archive 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.