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Sunday, February 1, 2009 releases African American Collection

In a press release dated January 29, 2009, launched its African American Collection in celebration of Black History Month. The Press Release stated as follows: has been working with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington, D.C., to digitize records that provide a view into the lives of African Americans that few have seen before.
“These records cover subjects including slavery, military service, and issues facing African Americans dating back to the late 18th century,” explains James Hastings, Director of Access Programs at NARA. “Making these records available online will help people to better understand the history and sacrifice that took place in this country.” has spent the last two years with NARA compiling this collection and is currently working on adding more records that will be released in the upcoming months. African American records currently on include:
• Service Records for Colored Troops in the Civil War – Records for the 2nd-13th infantries including enlistment papers, casualty sheets, oaths of allegiance, proof of ownership and bills of sale.
• American Colonization Society – Letters and reports relating to this colony established in 1817 for free people of color residing in the U.S.
• Amistad Case – Handwritten records of this landmark case beginning in 1839 involving the Spanish schooner Amistad, used to transport illegal slaves.
• Southern Claims Commission – Petitions for compensation resulting from the Civil War. is also going to announce additional records in the near future.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Announcement of major WWII collection

Today, in conjunction with the National Archives and Records Administration, announced a major addition to some of their existing records. Although, some of the information in the collection has been on line, they released two important additions, an interactive USS Arizona Memorial Wall and over 8 Million Hero Pages created from US Army enlistment records.

Some of the other titles in the collection include:

You can read the full press release here, or begin exploring the collection here.

Saturday, November 22, 2008 adds free Footnote Pages has a new free service. In a news release dated 10 Sept 2008, said:

"Losing a loved one can result in a range of emotions, from the grief and sorrow to comfort, which often comes from reminiscing stories and memories with family and friends. The challenge arises when there is no single place where all of these stories can easily come together to be shared, enriched and preserved.

Now at, anyone can find or create Footnote Pages where users connect and share stories, photos, and information about the people important to them. To kick-off the new Footnote Pages, today released over 80 million of these pages created from data from the Social Security Death Index. Most visitors will find existing pages about several deceased friends and family members already on the site."

Essentially, anyone can add to a page of the Social Security Death Index. "Described as Facebook for the Deceased, these pages feature a photo gallery, an interactive timeline and map, and other tools that bring people together to create a more colorful and rich picture of the past."

To learn more see: