Free Databases Found at

As I commented several days ago, I’ve been a long-time subscriber to and have just renewed my subscription for another year, renewing this time to A year’s full-access subscription is only $59.95, and worth every nickel…

If you’re not acquainted with (formerly, check out the following 43 databases – all of which can be accessed at no charge – with no subscription needed – at They’re not all genealogy-oriented, but they’re all interesting. The site currently boasts 75,504,596 images, as well as 99,293,071 memorial pages. Those numbers may have changed by the time you read this.

  • American Milestone Documents – View images of original documents representing some of the most historic milestones in United States history – 100% complete – 69 images
  • Amistad – Federal court records – NARA M1753. Court records pertaining to the claims of salvage for the Spanish schooner “Amistad,” seized in 1839 by the US Navy – 100% complete – 746 images
  • Amistad – Supreme Court records – NARA M2012. This Supreme Court case deals with issues of salvage of the “Amistad,” a ship carrying slaves seized by the US Navy in 1839 – 100% complete – 1,025 images
  • Anti-Slavery Manuscripts Collection – Letters and related documents from those involved in the anti-slavery movement in Massachusetts, dated approximately 1830-1870 – 100% complete – 4,509 images
  • Apollo Missions – Illustrations and photos documenting the Apollo missions of the 1960s – 100% complete – 6,743 images
  • Brady Civil War Photos – NARA T252. Brady coordinated a team of photographers to document the Civil War, resulting in over 5,600 portraits, landscapes, and battle scenes – 100% complete – 6,479 images
  • Civil Rights FBI Case Files – Select case files from the FBI relating to deaths in the 1960s – 100% complete – 2756 images
  • Civil War Maps – Maps, charts, and atlases depicting battles, troop positions and movements, engagements, and fortifications during the Civil War, 1861-1865 – 66% complete as of August 17, 2011 – 1,599 images
  • Constitutional Convention Records – NARA M866. Journals of proceedings, early drafts, and other papers relating to the formation of the US Constitution – 100% complete – 346 images
  • Continental Congress – Papers – NARA M247. The correspondence, journals, committee reports, and records of the Continental Congress (1774-1789) – 100% complete – 171,519 images
  • Continental Congress – Misc – NARA M332. When the records of the Papers of the Continental Congress were first arranged in 1834, these documents were not included – 100% complete – 6,939 images
  • Custer’s Court Martial – NARA T1103. This 352-page publication contains documents relating to the 1867 court martial of George Armstrong Custer at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas – 100% complete – 339 images
  • Deseret Iron Company Account Book (UT) – Ledger book listing employee accounts, division of labor, and payroll for Iron Mission pioneers in Iron County, Utah, 1854-67 – 100% complete – 551 images
  • Foreign Letters of the Continental Congress – NARA M61. Copies of letters sent from the U.S. Department of State and The Continental Congress to ministers and consuls abroad – 100% complete – 474 images
  • George Washington Correspondence – NARA M570. Copies of letters sent by President Washington to secretaries of state John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, and others – 100% complete – 1030 images
  • Gorrell’s History – AEF Air Service – NARA M990. Historical narratives, reports, photographs, and other records that document administrative, technical, and tactical activities of the Air Service in the American Expeditionary Forces – 98% complete – 76,291 images as of August 17, 2011
  • Japanese Air Target Analyses – NARA M1653. WWII Japanese air target analyses, objectives, and aerial photographs, 1942-45, from the records of the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey – 100% complete – 7,853 images
  • Lincoln Assassination Papers – NARA M599. Reports, correspondence, and testimony of persons connected with the Lincoln assassination trial. Read this collection of papers, reports, exhibits, and newspapers to learn more about the trial of John Wilkes Booth and others implicated in the assassination – 100% complete – 12,004 images
  • Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial – The USS Arizona Memorial is the most lasting reminder of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. It is a solemn tribute to the 1,177 men who perished with the ship. Explore the names on the wall and leave a story or photograph about any of the servicemen killed aboard the Arizona or during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • Pennsylvania Archives – The Pennsylvania State Archives published 10 series of historical records (138 volumes) covering the initial colonial settlement through the 1880s. -The collection includes detailed records naming those who were involved in military, tax, marriage, and land records, as well as Dutch and Swedish Settlement on the Delaware (1614-1682); The French and Indian War (1754–1763); the Braddock Expedition (1755); Early Pennsylvania settlements, and Colonial history from 1664 to 1780; Boundary Disputes with: Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia; The Revolutionary War (1775–1783); The Battle of Long Island (1776); Sandusky Expedition (1782); The Whiskey Rebellion (1794); The Establishment of Presque Isle (1794); The War of 1812-1814; and the War with Mexico, 1845-1848 – 99% complete as of August 17, 2011 – 117,831 Images
  • Pentagon Papers – Originally leaked in 1971 to the New York Times and other papers by Daniel Ellsberg, a contributor to the top-secret Vietnam Study Task Force, the “Pentagon Papers” created controversy within the government by showing that the Johnson Administration had consistently lied to Congress regarding the U.S policy in Vietnam. Now, for the first time, the full 7,000-page report is available online. – 100% Complete – 8,292 images
  • Photos – Coolidge – NARA M867. About 400 captioned photographs taken before, during, and after the presidency of Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the United States – 100% complete – 506 images
  • Photos – Eisenhower – NARA M868. About 500 captioned photographs taken before and during the presidency of Dwight D Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States – 100% complete – 593 images
  • Photos – Fine Arts Commission, Series G – NARA M1148. General Photographs of the Fine Arts Commission (Series G), ca. 1650-1950 – 100% complete – 6,862 images
  • Photos – Franklin D Roosevelt – NARA M865. About 650 captioned photographs taken before and during the presidency of Franklin D Roosevelt, 32nd president of the United States – 100% complete – 1,245 images
  • Photos – Native Americans (Rinehart) – Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Frank A. Rinehart’s 1898 Native American photographs is unique in their quality and dignity – 100% complete – 113 images
  • Photos – Truman – NARA M835. About 1,000 captioned photographs taken before, during, and after the presidency of Harry S Truman, 33rd president of the United States – 100% complete – 1,517 images
  • Photos – Vietnam War Army – Photos of activities in Vietnam in which the U.S. Army was engaged, including combat scenes, defoliation, military ceremonies, combat scenes, vehicles and equipment, medical care, and interactions with Vietnamese civilians. Most photos are color, taken from slides and negatives. In nearly all cases, captions or descriptions are included on card files after each photo. – 96% complete as of August 17, 2011- 37,606 images
  • Photos – Vietnam War Marine Corps – U.S. Defense Department photos of activities in Vietnam. Included are scenes of broad combat operations, vehicles and equipment, medical care, and interactions with Vietnamese civilians. Most photos are color, many are black & white, taken from slides and negatives. Captions are included in most cases – 99% complete as of August 17, 2011- 5,127 images
  • Photos – Vietnam Marine Corps (B/W) – These captioned, black & white photographs include scenes from combat and evacuation operations; and personalities such as President Ngo Dinh Diem, US presidents Johnson and Nixon, and personalities such as Walter Cronkite, Martha Raye, and Bob Hope. There are views of interactions between Marine Corps personnel and Vietnamese civilians. Also in this series are photos of Operation Homecoming, the return of American Marine prisoners of war to the United States – 99% complete as of August 17, 2011 – 14,819 images
  • Photos – WW II Japanese – NARA M1733. Photographs of Japanese Soldiers and of Allied Prisoners of War, 1942-1945 – Nearly fifty black and white photos recovered from the Japanese after World War II comprise this collection. Each includes a typed cover page, followed by a page with the description in Japanese, then the photo. They include images as diverse as flamethrowers, surrendering US soldiers, Japanese generals, and bicycle units entering a city – 100% complete – 135 images
  • Project Blue Book – UFO Investigations – NARA T1206. Records and case files relating to investigations of sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) – 100% complete – 129,658 images
  • Ratified Amendments to the US Constitution – NARA M1518. These records from sixteen rolls of NARA microfilm relate to each constitutional amendment as ratified by state legislatures – 100% complete – 9,932 images
  • South Carolina Estate Inventories and Bills of Sale, 1732-1872 – South Carolina court records relating to estate and personal assets – 64% complete as of August 17, 2011 – 22,037 images
  • Spaceport News – “Spaceport News” is a biweekly publication for employees and contractors of NASA and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida – 100% complete – 272 images
  • Town Records – Goffstown NH – Published annual reports for the town of Goffstown, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, selected years 1890-1900 – 100% complete – 942 images
  • Town Records – Hancock NH – Handwritten records for the town of Hancock, NH; also includes church records and Records of the Union Association of Ministers, 1812-1839 – 100% complete – 7,436 images
  • Town Records – South Boston, VA – Minute books for the City of South Boston, Halifax County, Virginia, for the years 1905-1925 and 1949-1999 – 100% complete – 8,021 records
  • Vietnam Service Awards – Recommendations for awarding Presidential Unit Citations (PUC), Valorous Unit Awards (VUA), and the Meritorious Unit Commendations (MUC) – 76% complete as of August 17, 2011 – 66,613 images
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial – Every-name searchable image of The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the “Wall,” in Washington, DC. – Over 58,000 names
  • War of 1812 Pension Files The War of 1812 pension files resulted from a man’s service during the war, 1812-1815. They were granted to the veteran, his widow, or his heirs – 1% complete as of August 22, 2011 – recently updated
  • Woodstock – Images relating to the Aquarian Exposition, the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, in Bethel, NY, include documents, photos, and newspaper accounts – 99% complete as of August 22, 2011 – 420 images.
  • WWII US Air Force Photos – This series of photos documents an important era in US military aviation history, especially activities of the US Air Force during World War II – 88% complete as of August 22, 2011 – 88,912
  • I’m proud to say that has an affiliate relationship with Announces New Focus on Historical U.S. Military Records & Changes Name to Fold3 has long been one of my favorite websites. I’ve had a personal subscription for years, and plan to keep it for a long time. The site is reasonably priced, and the data is etrememely valuable for any genealogist with American roots. The decision has now been made to change their name to Fold3. I kinda’ like it. The emphasis of the website will be on United States Military records. This makes sense, as the site is already the premier place to look for U.S. Military data online – and it will set the site apart somewhat from, it’s parent company.

The following news release was received from Heather Erickson at

New Brand will Honor and Remember those who have Served

LINDON, UTAH — (August 18, 2011), a premier destination for discovering family history records, today announced it will now focus primarily on offering the finest and most comprehensive collection of U.S. Military records available on the internet. The site gathers the most valuable U.S. military records, photos and stories to help family historians and others discover and share the memories of those who served.

As part of this new focus, the name of the site will change from Footnote to Fold3. The Fold3 name is derived from the third fold in a traditional military flag folding ceremony which “is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.”

Fold3 is the web’s premier collection and destination for original U.S. military records, helping people find and share more than 74 million images of historical documents and photos. These records include valuable collections from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, World Wars I and II and America’s more recent engagements in Vietnam and elsewhere. Specializing in digitization of paper, microfilm and microfiche collections, Fold3 brings many never-before-seen historic documents to the web through patented processes and unique partnerships with The National Archives and other institutions. This combination of innovative technology and access to strategic partners provides subscribers with an easy way to search original documents and discover stories about the people, places and events in the conflicts that shaped America and the world.

“We have already begun expanding Fold3’s robust military collection to include new pension application files and draft cards,” said Brian Hansen, General Manager of Fold3. “It’s truly gratifying to help researchers easily discover at home what they previously could find only by traveling to an archive.”

Fold3’s significant collections illuminate history that was once hidden. For example, Fold3’s World War II photos, Missing Air Crew Reports and JAG case files include detailed information about the ordeal of Louis Zamperini, subject of the New York Times Best Seller, Unbroken. Similar stories about millions of service men and women lie undiscovered within the records available on Fold3.

Fold3 will continue to operate as a subsidiary of, the world’s largest online family history resource, which acquired Fold3 as part of its purchase of iArchives in 2010. In addition to connecting more closely to its military collection, the rebranding helps distinguish Fold3’s value as a highly complementary brand to Many family historians and genealogists may use to find an ancestor who served in the military and then use Fold3 to discover the details of their service.

To begin searching for your family’s military history, go to

About Fold3
Fold3 offers the web’s premier collection of original military records, gathering the best U.S. military records, photos and stories to help customers discover and share the stories of those who served. With more than 74 million historical record images already online and more being added every day, brings the details of America’s military service to life.

I am proud to say that has an affiliate relationship with Will Be the First Online Home of the Digital Pension Applications

The following news release is from the April 12, 2011 edition of

iArchives Announces Collaboration With the Federation of Genealogical Societies to Digitize 7.2 Million Pages of Pension Applications From the War of 1812 Will Be the First Online Home of the Digital Pension Applications

LINDON, UT–(Marketwire – April 12, 2011) – iArchives today announced a collaboration with the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) to digitize 180,000 pension applications, or an estimated 7.2 million pages of War of 1812 Pension Applications and Bounty Land Warrants. The collection will be available on iArchives’ military records website,, home of more than 72 million historical records.

The multi-year project will consist of scanning the pension files at the National Archives in Washington D.C. and creating a searchable index to the digital images. FGS has targeted the War of 1812 Pension Applications as a high priority project based on the value of the content for genealogists as well as the importance of preserving the fragile records.

“Our goal with any collaboration is to honor our nation’s heritage by preserving the records of our past,” said Patricia Oxley, President of FGS. “In the specific case of the War of 1812 pension records, there is an added priority due to their frail state where not acting may mean sacrificing these for future generations.”

With the burden of proof on the applicant to qualify for a pension, those applying proved participation in the war by including dozens of vividly descriptive pages. Details recorded include military battle stories, service dates, mentions of fellow soldiers, family relations, marriages, widows’ maiden names and many other clues significant to researchers. The breadth of information allows the pension files to tell the richest story of that time period.

“The most popular database on today is the Revolutionary War Pensions which is very similar content,” said Brian Hansen, General Manager at “Our users have been asking for the War of 1812 pension records for some time, and I expect this collection to be very popular based on the rich war time detail it contains. We are pleased to make these records available for free on as a result of FGS fundraising efforts to subsidize the production cost.”

FGS is proud to be leading the national fundraising to support this project and is actively seeking donations from genealogical and historical societies, patriotic and military heritage societies, as well as interested corporations and individuals. iArchives is providing a dollar-for-dollar match of each donation through a provision of services. To learn more and contribute to the project, visit

About iArchives
iArchives is a leading digitization service provider and subsidiary of (NASDAQ: ACOM). The company operates, the leading U.S. military record resource on the web with more than 72 million records online. The site provides searchable original documents, providing subscribers with a view of the events, places and people in the conflicts that shaped the American nation and the world. For more information, visit

About FGS
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), founded in 1976, links the genealogical community by serving the needs of its member societies, providing products and services needed by member societies, and marshaling the resources of its member organizations. FGS represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies and engages in projects that help genealogical societies strengthen and grow as well as call attention to records preservation and access issues. FGS can be found on the web at

Search the Records Found in the Pennsylvania Archives – FREE at is one of my favorite websites. Found among the many databases located there is the entire series of the Pennsylvania Archives. It’s one of the FREE databases found at, and one of the most useful, if you’ve got early Pennsylvania people. Sure, it’s been posted a long time, but I’ll bet all my readers haven’t checked it out for their people…

Pennsylvania Northampton County Militia List - Second Battalion - Second Company - May 14, 1778

You’ll find the following types of early Pennsylvania records at the site:

  • Church Records
  • Diaries and Journals
  • Governors and their Constituents
  • Land Warrantee Records (1730-1898)
  • Militia Records and Council of Safety
  • Oaths of Allegiance, Naturalization and Ship Manifests
  • Tax Records

In searching on the surname Meitzler, I got 11 hits. Some of these hits included more than one Meitzler. They included 6 documents for Meitzlers who were found on Militia Lists and Muster Rolls (War of 1812); two Meitzler entries for families who were found on tax rolls, one document for Meitzlers who were Pennsylvania land warrantees, and two hits that were just to index entries.

Learn more. There’s an excellent article about the Pennsylvania Archives, written by my friend, Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, found here. Search for your ancestors in The Pennsylvania Archives – FREE at to Acquire Footnote

This morning’s announcement that will acquire iArchives, and thus came as no surprise. It was just a matter of time… And the time was right it seems.

As my readers know, I’m a fan of both Ancestry and Footnote, and I wish the merger success. However, I have to wonder if a monopoly on access to digitized early American records isn’t in the making. has been significant competition to Ancestry in this area. Footnote’s wonderful image-viewing capabilities, as well as their allowance of consumer interaction from early-on has made a player to be reckoned with. Granted, Footnote’s 35,000 subscribers seems small compared to Ancestry’s 1.3 million. Obviously, that’s why is buying Footnote, and not the other way around..

There are other players… Sorry to say, HeritageQuest lost the genealogy-related records digitization race a decade ago, and is now just a shadow of what it could have been. Numerous other websites are out there, many of them supported by taxpayer funds, and grants, but none that have undertaken the difficult and costly projects of digitizing not only microfilm, but paper records at a Federal level, which and iArchives have been doing. The digitization and volunteer indexing efforts of FamilySearch adds some level of competition, since the church is digitizing paper records worldwide, and they will be many years digitizing the microfilmed records they have on hand.

With all that said, I have to believe that the acquisition will probably be a positive thing for genealogists, as has access to capital, and their rapidly expanding digitization efforts at the federal level should make more records available at an even faster rate. And that rate is important, as some of us are getting old, and we can’t wait much longer…

The following news release was received from Heather Erickson this morning.

PROVO, Utah, September 23, 2010 – Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire iArchives, Inc. and its branded Web site,, a leading American History Web site, for approximately $27 million in a mix of stock, cash and assumption of liabilities. This acquisition will provide the company with a complementary consumer brand, expanded content offerings, and enhanced digitization and image-viewing technologies.

iArchives digitizes and delivers high-quality images of American historical records of individuals involved in the Revolutionary War, Continental Congress, Civil War, and other US historical events to subscribers interested in early American roots. iArchives has digitized more than 65 million original source documents to date through its proprietary digitization process for paper, microfilm and microfiche collections.

“ is highly complementary to’s online family history offering,” said Tim Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of “By promoting Footnote to our Ancestry audience, we hope to expand its reach among researchers who care about early American records. iArchives also brings outstanding image-viewing technology and content digitization capabilities that will improve our leadership position in bringing valuable historical records to the market. We welcome the iArchives team to the family.”

Upon completion of the transaction, iArchives will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of As part of the transaction, currently expects to issue approximately 1.0 million shares of common stock. The transaction is subject to various closing conditions and is expected to close early in the fourth quarter of 2010. also announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a share repurchase program of up to approximately $25 million of its common stock. Under the authorization, share repurchases may be made by the Company from time to time in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions depending on market conditions, share price and other factors and may include accelerated or forward or similar stock repurchases and/or Rule 10b5-1 plans. Part of the rationale for the repurchase is to offset dilution of equity resulting from the iArchives acquisition. No time limit was set for the completion of this program. The share repurchase program may be modified or discontinued at any time by the Board of Directors.

About Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world’s largest online family history resource, with approximately 1.3 million paying subscribers. More than 5 billion records have been added to the site in the past 13 years. Ancestry users have created more than 19 million family trees containing over 1.9 billion profiles. has local Web sites directed at nine countries, including its flagship Web site at

About iArchives
iArchives is a leading digitization service provider that also operates, a subscription Web site that features searchable original documents, providing over 35,000 paying subscribers with a view of the events, places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. At, all are invited to come share, discuss, and collaborate on their discoveries with friends, family, and colleagues. For more information, visit

Forward-looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or to future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “appears,” “may,” “designed,” “expect,” “intend,” “focus,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “should,” “continue” or “work” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements include statements concerning among other things, the proposed transaction between and iArchives, Inc., including the consummation and anticipated timing of the transaction as well as the expected benefits of the proposed transaction, and the effects of the proposed transaction on, our subscriber base, our reach, our activities to enhance subscribers’ experience, our business outlook, our leadership position and our opportunities and prospects for growth. These forward-looking statements are based on information available to us as of the date of this press release. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include a variety of factors, some of which are beyond our control. In particular, such risks and uncertainties include the risk that the transaction does not close when anticipated, or at all; difficulties encountered in integrating acquired businesses and retaining customers, and the additional difficulty of integration when continuing the acquired operation; the adverse impact of competitive product announcements; failure to achieve anticipated revenues and operating performance; changes in overall economic conditions; the loss of key employees; competitors’ actions; pricing and gross margin pressures; inability to control costs and expenses; and significant litigation.

Information concerning additional factors that could cause results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements is contained under the caption “Risk Factors” in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2010, and in discussions in other of our SEC filings.

These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Full disclosure: I have subscriptions to both and However, I own no stock in either company, and nothing to gain or lose because of the acquisition.

Revolutionary War Records FREE at Until July 7

Footnote is once again making some of their most important documents available FREE online for a limited time. Check this out!

Revolutionary War Documents at

In recognition of America’s Independence Day, Footnote is opening their Revolutionary War collection free to the public. This unique collection features millions of original records found nowhere else on the internet.

Whether you are a genealogist or a history buff, you can discover new details about the Revolutionary War in records that include:

  • Soldier Service Records
  • Original letters written by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and other Founding Fathers
  • Revolutionary War Pension Files
  • Payment Vouchers for Military Pensions
  • George Washington Correspondence
  • and more

Visit the Revolutionary War Collection today.

Hurry, this free access ends July 7, 2010.

Thanks to Jim Roberts for the above announcement. Announces the Interactive Native-American Collection just sent out the following news release:

We are excited to announce the release of our latest interactive collection: the Native American collection. Working together with the Footnote - Native American CollectionNational Archives and Allen County Library, has created a collection featuring over 1.8 million records that will help people discover new details about Native American history and genealogy.

Visit the Native American Microsite today and explore records only found on

  • Ratified Indian Treaties – dating back to 1722
  • Indian Census Rolls – featuring personal information including age, place of residence and degree of Indian blood
  • The Guion Miller Roll – perhaps the most important source of Cherokee genealogical research
  • Dawes Packets – containing original applications for tribal enrollments
  • And other documents relating to the Five Civilized Tribes to Digitize & Create an Interactive Database of All Publicly Available Federal Censuses – 1790-1930

The following news release was prepared by Justin Schroepfer, Marketing Director for

OCTOBER 29, 2009 – LINDON, Utah: Today ( announced it - Interactive Census will digitize and create a searchable database for all publicly available U.S. Federal Censuses ranging from the first U.S. Census taken in 1790 to the most current public census from 1930.

Through its partnership with The National Archives, will add more than 9.5 million images featuring over a half a billion names to its extensive online record collection.

‘The census is the most heavily used body of records from the National Archives,’ explains Cynthia Fox, Deputy Director at the National Archives. ‘In addition to names and ages, they are used to obtain dates for naturalizations and the year of immigration. This information can then be used to locate additional records.’

With over 60 million historical records already online, will use the U.S. Census records to tie content together, creating a pathway to discover additional records that previously have been difficult to find.

‘We see the census as a highway leading back to the 18th century,’ explains Russ Wilding, CEO of ‘This Census Highway provides off-ramps leading to additional records on the site such as naturalization records, historical newspapers, military records and more. Going forward, will continue to add valuable and unique collections that will enhance the census collection.’

To date, has already completed census collections from two key decades: 1930 and 1860. As more census decades are added to the site, visitors to can view the status for each decade and sign up for an email notification when more records are added to the site for a particular year.

View the Census Progress Page on

In addition to making these records more accessible, is advancing the way people use the census by creating an interactive experience. Footnote Members can enrich the census records by adding their own contributions. For any person found in the census, users can:

  • Add comments and insights about that person
  • Upload and attach scanned photos or documents related to that person
  • Generate a Footnote Page for any individual that features stories, a photo gallery, timeline and map
  • Identify relatives found in the census by clicking the I’m Related button

See the 1930 Interactive Census record for Jimmy Stewart.

‘The most popular feature of our Interactive Census is the I’m Related button,’ states Roger Bell, Senior Vice President of Product Development at ‘This provides an easy way for people to show relations and actually use the census records to make connections with others that may be related to the same person.’ works with the National Archives and other organizations to add at least a million new documents and photos a month to the site. Since launching the site in January 2007, has digitized and added over 60 million original source records to the site, including records pertaining to the Holocaust, American Wars, Historical Newspapers and more.

‘We will continue to move aggressively to add records to the site, specifically those that are requested by our members and others that are not otherwise available on the Internet,’ said Wilding.

Visit to see how the census on can truly be an interactive experience.

About Footnote, Inc. is a subscription website that features searchable original documents, providing users with an unaltered view of the events, places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. At, all are invited to come share, discuss, and collaborate on their discoveries with friends, family, and colleagues. For more information, visit

National Archives & Announce New Digital Holocaust Collection & It’s Free Through October

The following Press Release announces the release of the internet’s largest Interactive Holocaust Collection:

The Holocaust Collection Washington DC and Lindon, UT –September 29, 2009 The National Archives and Records Administration and today announced the release of the internet’s largest Interactive Holocaust Collection. For the first time ever, over one million Holocaust-related records – including millions of names and 26,000 photos from the National Archives– will be available online. The collection can be viewed at:

“We cannot afford to forget this period in our history,” said Dr. Michael Kurtz, Assistant Archivist of the United States and author of America and the Return of Nazi Contraband: The Recovery of Europe’s Cultural Treasures. “Working with Footnote, these records will become more widely accessible, and will help people now and in the future learn more about the events and impact of the Holocaust.”

Included among the National Archives records available online at are:

  • Concentration camp registers and documents from Dachau, Mauthausen, Auschwitz, and Flossenburg
  • The “Ardelia Hall Collection” of records relating to the Nazi looting of Jewish possessions, including looted art
  • Captured German records including deportation and death lists from concentration camps
  • Nuremberg War Crimes Trial proceedings

Access to the collection will be available for free on through the month of October.

The collection also includes nearly 600 interactive personal accounts of those who survived or perished in the Holocaust provided by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The project incorporates social networking tools that enable visitors to search for names and add photos, comments and stories, share their insights, and create pages to highlight their discoveries. There will be no charge to access and contribute to these personal pages.

“These pages tell a personal story that is not included in the history text books,” said Russ Wilding, CEO of “They give visitors a first-hand glimpse into the tragic events of the Holocaust and allow users to engage with content such as maps, photos, timelines and personal accounts of victims and survivors through over 1 million documents.”

So that visitors may more easily access and engage the content, has created a special Holocaust site featuring:

  • Stories of Holocaust victims and survivors
  • Place where visitors can create their own pages to memorialize their Holocaust ancestors
  • Pages on the concentration camps – includes descriptions, photos, maps, timelines and accounts from those who survived the camps
  • Descriptions and samples of the original records from the National Archives

The Holocaust collection is the latest in a continuing partnership between and the National Archives to scan, digitize, and make historical records available online. The goal is to give more people access to these and other historical records that have previously only been available through the research room of the National Archives. This partnership brings these priceless resources to an even greater number of people and enables the National Archives to provide ever-greater access to these critical holdings.

About Footnote, Inc. is a subscription website that features searchable original documents, providing users with an unaltered view of the events, places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. At, all are invited to come share, discuss, and collaborate on their discoveries with friends, family, and colleagues.For more information, visit

About the U.S. National Archives
The National Archives alone is the archives of the Government of the United States, responsible for safeguarding records of all three branches of the Federal Government. The records held by the National Archives belong to the public – and it is the mission of the National Archives to ensure the public can discover, use, and learn from the records of their government.

The Interactive 1930 Census FREE at During August

As a Footnote fan and subscriber, I just got the following note:

Footnote - 1930 Census

The 1930 US Census is one of the most powerful resources available to anyone who wants to learn more about their ancestors.

During the month of August, we’re giving everyone free access to’s one-of-a-kind, interactive 1930 US Census.

With Footnote’s interactive census, viewing, downloading and printing images from the census are just the beginning. You can also add images and comments, spotlight interesting finds, create pages for your ancestors and tell their stories.

Let your family and friends know by simply forwarding this email to them or by pointing them to

EBSCO Publishing Makes Available to Libraries

EBSCO Publishing Becomes Worldwide Library Distributor of Footnote™ Historical Digital Archive and Genealogy Database footnote-logo-75pw

IPSWICH, Mass. – (BUSINESS WIRE)EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and Footnote have announced a distribution deal making EBSCO the exclusive worldwide distributor of for libraries and institutions. combines original historical documents and personal histories, creating a unique historical and genealogical resource.

The collections feature over 55 million images available from a content partnership with The National Archives and other regional archives—most never before available on the Internet. These digital images of records, preserved in the National Archives, represent a growing collection of historic documents.

Footnote includes material relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, US Presidents, historical newspapers and naturalization documents. A recent review rated higher than all other genealogy resources and called it “cutting-edge in every way.”

Eric Keith, the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Footnote, says, “We are thrilled to be working as partners with EBSCO. Their worldwide sales and customer service teams are second to none when it comes to working with libraries. We are confident that our current and future library clients will be in good hands with EBSCO.”

In addition, libraries subscribing to will be able to provide remote access to patrons looking to research their family genealogy or explore the images of the original source documents that are available online.

EBSCO Publishing’s Vice President of Archive, Literature and Proprietary Products, Michael Laddin, says, “Working with Footnote lets us provide our customers access to a leading historical and genealogical database. Footnote has an unprecedented, vast array of valuable and unique content of interest to historians and genealogists alike.”

About EBSCO Publishing
EBSCO Publishing is the world’s premier database aggregator, offering a suite of nearly 300 full-text and secondary research databases. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports and various other publication types from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). The company’s product lines include proprietary databases such as Academic Search™, Business Source®, CINAHL®, DynaMed™, Literary Reference Center™, MasterFILE™, NoveList®, SocINDEX™ and SPORTDiscus™ as well as dozens of leading licensed databases such as ATLA Religion Database™, EconLit, INSPEC®, MEDLINE®, MLA International Bibliography, The Philosopher’s Index™, PsycARTICLES® and PsycINFO®. Databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the most-used for-fee electronic resource in libraries around the world. For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at:, or contact:

EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

About Footnote, Inc.
Founded in 1997 as iArchives, Inc., Footnote is a subscription-based website that features searchable original documents that provide users with an unaltered view of the events, places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. At all are invited to come to share, discuss, and collaborate on their discoveries with friends, family, and colleagues. For more information, visit Adds Over a Million Images This Month

Footnote has added over a million new images the last month. As my readers know, Footnote is extremely user interactive, and even allow us to add notes to the 1930 census. Pretty cool site. Following are links to just a few of the collections that have been significantly updated in April:

1930 US Federal Census (2,548,803 images – 93% complete)

New York Eastern – Naturalizations (496,146 images – 49% complete)

Indian Census (365,264 images – 84% complete)

Civil War Union Soldier Service Records – Missouri (460,223 images)

Texas Death Records (2,467,769 images – 50% complete) Releases Great Depression Collection

The following press release was written by staff:

Collection Includes the First-Ever Interactive 1930 US Census, and Becomes the Gathering Place for America’s Story footnotelogo

LINDON, Utah – (BUSINESS WIRE) –, the premier history website for original content, announced today the launch of its Great Depression Collection, which provides unique insights into life’s struggles and the financial challenges Americans faced during the 1930s.

The Great Depression Collection includes millions of digitized and indexed documents including historical newspapers. Visitors to can view original pages featuring articles and advertisements that reveal fascinating details about what was happening in Washington, D.C., as well as in mainstream America. Visitors can also read articles about Roosevelt’s New Deal or see how much groceries cost during the time of the Depression.

As part of this collection, is pleased to introduce the first ever Interactive 1930 US Census. has combined innovative technology with the 1930 Census to create an interactive experience allowing members to contribute their own family photos, documents and stories by attaching them to the names on the census.

“On, the 1930 Census is taking on a new role: a gathering place for the American story,” said Russ Wilding, CEO of “Now all those stories that our parents and grandparents told us about the Depression have a place to come together and be preserved for future generations.”

In addition to contributing to the census documents, members can automatically create Footnote Pages for any individual found in the census. Footnote Pages allow users to create:

  • Timelines
  • Photo galleries
  • Maps
  • Links to other Footnote Pages

These pages can serve as memorial pages, research pages, or simply a starting place where individual shoeboxes of memories and memorabilia can be uploaded. has successfully created a social framework around historical documents. Numerous people have already made hundreds of thousands of contributions on the site. “If you had family in America in 1930, you will most likely find them in the census,” continues Wilding. “We encourage all to come to and add your family story and preserve our nation’s heritage.”

To view the Great Depression Collection, including the Interactive 1930 US Census, please visit

About Footnote, Inc. is a subscription website that features searchable original documents, providing users with an unaltered view of the events, places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. At, all are invited to come share, discuss, and collaborate on their discoveries with friends, family, and colleagues. For more information, visit

From the March 26, 2009 edition of

The National Archives and Launch Online African American History Collection

The following was written by staff:

Over a Million Pages of Original Documents, Letters and Photos, Most Digitized for the First Time

LINDON, Utah – (BUSINESS WIRE) – In celebration of Black History Month, is launching its African American Collection. 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 Black History FootnoteAccess 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.

“The Southern Claims Commission records are a very rich, often overlooked resource for African American family research. They often contain information that cannot be found anywhere else,” says Toni Carrier, Founding Director of the USF Africana Heritage Project. “These records document the experiences of former slaves during the Civil War and in the days immediately after. Many contain detailed narratives that make it possible for descendants to envision the lives and experiences of ancestors.” is also working on additional record collections that will be released shortly. Those records include:

  • Records of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Relating to Slaves, 1851-1863 – includes slave schedules, manumission papers and case papers relating to fugitive slaves.
  • Records for the Emancipation of Slaves in the District of Columbia, 1862-63 – minutes of meetings, docket books and petitions pertaining to emancipation of slaves.
  • Registro Central de Esclavos 1872 (Slave Schedules) – registers from Puerto Rico giving information for each slave: name, country of origin, name of parents, physical description, master’s name and more.
  • Records Relating to the Suppression of the African Slave Trade and Negro Colonization, 1854-1872 – letters, accounts and other documents relating to the suppression of the African slave trade.
  • Correspondence of the Military Intelligence Division Relation to “Negro Subversion” 1917-1941 – record cards and correspondence of the Military Intelligence Division (MID) that relate to activities of blacks in both civilian and military life.

In addition to these records, also features member contributions that include topics ranging from the Underground Railroad to Women Abolitionists to African Americans receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor.

“The contributions to our site have been impressive,” says Russell Wilding, CEO of “It’s exciting to see people connect with history and with each other.”

To view the African American Collection on visitors can go to

About Footnote, Inc. is a subscription website that features searchable original documents, providing users with an unaltered view of the events, places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. At, all are invited to come share, discuss, and collaborate on their discoveries with friends, family, and colleagues. For more information, visit

About The National Archives
NARA alone is the archives of the Government of the United States, responsible for safeguarding records of all three branches of the Federal Government. The records held by the National Archives belong to the public – and it is the mission of the National Archives to ensure the public can discover, use, and learn from the records of their government.