30 January 2015

Internet Archive -- a FREE gem that just keeps getting better!

If you select the Beta Option, this is the interface you will see

The Internet Archive is a fabulous place to hang out.

I was surprised to see that I haven’t written about it as much as I thought!

My two favorite uses of it are:

1. The wayback machine.  You know how websites have a tendency to disappear or their URLs change, etc?  Well, via the wayback machine, you might find that there is a “saved” copy of the webpage you seek.

2. The textual archive. So many out-of-copyright (and mostly out-of-print) books are part of this archive.  Some of my favorites are old directories, compiled legal & legislative information, county histories, church histories & records, and many many more neat resources.

This all came to mind when I read the article Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job.  Though the focus of the article is how Google has abandoned some of it plans for archiving, it also talks glowingly how the Internet Archive has been (since 1996) and increasingly is expanding what it archives and makes FREELY available to us!

Read the article and play around with Internet Archive.  I warn you though, don’t start in unless you have a few hours to spend so you can get lost in not just the genealogically relevant bits and also in the video, film, audio and live music collections!

Did you come across anything that helped jump start your family history research project?  Or, just something incredibly fun?

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