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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Genealogical numbers in the news

Just when you think you might be aware of some of the online resources, someone adds an impossible number of records to the Internet. In the past week or so, here are some of the numbers in the news.

The Family History Archive added 2,335 new fully scanned and indexed documents to its repository and now has 44,641 items online.

The Hathi Trust Digital Library has 3,819,312 volumes of online, of which 604,634 are in the public domain.

Find A Grave has over 36 million grave records.

By 23 April 2009, volunteers with Family Search Indexing had indexed 250 million records.

Based on's conservative new method of counting records, they have over 4 billion records which is more than 8 billion names online. has 58,765,087 historical documents as of 31 August 2009. has records of more than 1 billion names.

The collections of the Library of Congress include more than 32 million cataloged books and other print materials in 470 languages; more than 61 million manuscripts; the largest rare book collection in North America, including the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, a Gutenberg Bible (one of only four perfect vellum copies known to exist); over 1 million US government publications; 1 million issues of world newspapers spanning the past three centuries; 33,000 bound newspaper volumes; 500,000 microfilm reels; over 6,000 comic book titles; the world's largest collection of legal materials; films; 4.8 million maps; sheet music; 2.7 million sound recordings; more than 13.7 million prints and photographic images including fine and popular art pieces and architectural drawings; the Betts Stradivarius; and the Cassavetti Stradivarius. Wikipedia.

There are 1,595,143 items in the Text Archive at

That is only the beginning. If you know of other large collections online, make a comment and I will include them all in a future blog post.

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