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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Genealogy on Archive.org

Where would you go for a free complete copy of the U.S. Census with all of the images from the National Archives from 1790 to 1930? FamilySearch.org is missing some years of images. HeritageQuestOnline.com has images but only partial indexes and it is available only through libraries. You go to Archive.org. But if you haven't searched this valuable website for other genealogical resources, you are missing one of the most interesting a valuable websites on the Internet for genealogy.

I decided to give a sample of some of the collections on Archive.org because the website is more than a little complicated and difficult to use. Here is a sample of some of the offerings:

BYU Utah Valley Obits
A collection of obituaries from the Provo Daily Herald.
8,455 items

Compiled records of military units in volunteer Confederate organizations
Collection of compiled records showing service of military units in volunteer Confederate organizations
536 items

Collection of compiled records showing service of military units in volunteer Union organizations
225 items

Collection of Eastern Cherokee applications of the U.S. Court of Claims
348 items

Eastern Cherokee applications of the U.S. Court of Claims
Collection of Eastern Cherokee applications of the U.S. Court of Claims
348 items

Family Genealogy
A collection of family genealogies.
2,132 items

Passenger and Crew Vessel Lists for New York, NY 1897-1957
Passenger and Crew lists for vessels arriving in New York, New York 1897-1957.
7,127 items

Passenger Lists of Vessels for Baltimore and Philadelphia
Passenger lists of vessels arriving at Baltimore and Philadelphia.
636 items

Passengers arriving in the St. Albans, VT District
Collection of passengers arriving in the St. Albans, VT District
1,027 items

Passport Applications, 1795-1905
Passport applications from 1795-1905. Microfilm contributed by Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.
694 items

Records of the Cotton Bureau of the Trans-Mississippi Department of the Confederate War Department
Collection of records of the Cotton Bureau of the Trans-Mississippi Department of the Confederate War Department
53 items

Records of the field offices for the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands
Collection of records of the field offices for the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands
453 items

I think you can get the idea. This list goes on and on and on.

2 comments:

  1. I have used this site and it is hard to navigate. I have found it useful to look at census when I have made a copy but then later want to look at the pages before and after.

    I didn't know about the military stuff so I need to play around more on the site.

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  2. Yes, navigation is hard on Archive.org. The search feature leaves a little to be desired, too, but the collection has grown so much that it's now the second place I look for printed material (after Google Books).

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