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Canadiana Discovery Portal for Genealogy

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Candiana.ca has a free search engine for its digital collections from libraries, museums, and archives throughout Canada. Unlike Héritage which searches specific collections held at Library and Archives Canada, the Canadiana Discovery Portal searches over 40 partnering institutions with over 65 million pages.

Canadiana Discovery Portal

 

The Portal provides a wealth of free Canadian history online, including: books, journals, directories, newspapers, government documents, photographs, maps, and postcards.

Canadiana Discovery Portal is a great resource for genealogists and family historians looking for primary source material and images related to Canadian history and many of the images are in the public domain and can be used freely.

There will be a paywall for some of the search returns and after viewing the initial few pages of a document you may need to subscribe to Early Canadiana Online to have full access to the document, including the ability to download copies in PDF format. Subscription prices are very reasonable, currently $7.50 (American) for one month’s access with no automatic renewal or $75 (American) for one year’s access with no automatic renewal–a great value for the offering.

Happy Hunting! #FamilyHistoryMonth

October 21, 2016 |

HathiTrust Digital Library for Genealogy

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The HathiTrust Digital Library is an online archive of content in and out of copyright. They receive content from Google, Internet Archive, Microsoft, and other partnering institutions. This is another digitized book site that’s useful for genealogy research.

 

Hathi Trust Digital Library for Genealogy

You can search for an ancestor by surname or by collections. Searches can be made by Material type (book, periodical, etc.) or Language (many languages) or year range. Search for family names, genealogies, city histories, or family interests, like “Loyalists”, for leads on those hard to find ancestors. After your initial search results, be sure to start a further digital search within the book.

A few helpful search tips:

  • Use quotes to search for an exact phrase “James Webber” or “Webber, James”.

  • Use the wildcards * or ? to search for alternate spellings “James W?bb*”.

  • Use Boolean searches AND or OR (capitalized) to include or restrict search returns.

  • Use a minus sign – to restrict search results Levi -jeans -company -strauss to search for the surname Levi and remove any search results for Levi Strauss Jeans/Company.

    For more search tips: HathiTrust Digital Library Search Tips.

Happy Hunting! #familyhistorymonth

 

October 18, 2016 |

Internet Archive for Genealogy

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Internet Archive is a great free resource for genealogy and family history. It’s a “non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.”

Internet Archive for Genealogy

The Internet Archive library offers over 10 million fully digitized books and texts. And the OpenLibrary has over 300,000 modern eBooks that can be downloaded. *If you’re going to type in the url instead of hitting a link, remember it’s “archive.ORG”.

  • You can Search by Collection, if you know a particular library, say Brigham Young University Library or the Allen County Public Library, has great genealogical holdings. There are over 4,000 collections so unless you’re going for something specific, you might not want to limit your search this way.
  • They have a specific collection: Genealogy, that pulls resources from several different institutions.
  • You can look at the Microfilm Collection within the Genealogy collection.
  • They have almost 3,000 Compiled histories/Family Genealogies in their Family Genealogy Collection.
  • The Wayback Machine has over 510 billion pages of archive internet websites if you try to find a site that’s down-look up the url in the Wayback Machine and you might find what you need. Note: some websites specifically prohibit crawling and won’t be archived here.

I like to do repeat searches for county and town histories, genealogies, and surnames at Internet Archive. They are continually growing their collection so it pays to search their site every few months. Happy hunting! #FamilyHistoryMonth

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October 12, 2016 |

Free MyHeritage Book Collection

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Free MyHeritage Books

 

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There are a lot of great online book sites but my favorite is the free book collection at MyHeritage.

The have over 400,000 books and their search engine does a great job providing results. If you’re going to spend a few minutes looking for an ancestor in a book collection, try this one first.

The book collection is officially called “Compilation of Published Sources” and the description says, “This collection includes a compilation of thousands of published books ranging from family, local and military histories, city and county directories,school, university and hospital reports, church and congregational minutes and much more. All records include images of the book’s pages. We are continually growing this collection.”

 

October 7, 2016 |
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