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Monday, April 16, 2018

How Genealogy Collections not Available to the Public Develop and Where to Find Them #virginiapioneersnet #ancestors #wheretofindgenealogy


How Genealogy Collections not Available to the Public Develop and Where to Find Them

Jeannette Holland AustinThere are all sorts of genealigical collections out there. For this reason, it is impossible for a single web site to contain everything. Since the early 1900s, Americans have readily collected family data and later had it microfilmed and placed in libraries and archives. They did it to prevent the valuable family history being lost. Although libraries and archives are digitizing data, it is often but a shell of their collection and they would require a substantial budget to do a thorough job. It is more of an invitation, "come in and see what we have." In other words, one needs to visit that institution in order to view actual documents or databases. In addition, there are persons (like myself) who have collected and maintained a wide stream of information. Sometimes this data gets added to a website, however, for the most part, is unavailable to the public. In my instance, I had some of it published dating back to the 1960s (Genealogical.com), but mostly my full collection remained in private files. Eventually, all of my files were put online Georgia Pioneers comprising data in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia  --It comprises about 700M records! To my knowledge, to date I have not seen this much genealogy posted online by an individual! And since I love genealogy and continue to collect documents and rare data, there is more to come! It would be ideal if all such collections were readily available, but we are not there yet!

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