28 December 2015

FREE Collection of Books Now Available on MyHeritage

Collections of digitized books keep popping up.  The newest one to join the growing ranks of such collections is available on MyHeritage.

We've just added an exciting new collection to MyHeritage SuperSearch™, containing over 37 million pages in 150,000 books relevant to family history!

The new collection includes tens of thousands of digitized historical books, with actual images of the books' pages, and all their text extracted using Optical Character Recognition. The books span the last four centuries and include family, local and military histories, city and county directories, school and university yearbooks, church and congregational minutes and much more. A vast amount of rich data from diverse publications makes this collection a fantastic source of rare genealogical gems, providing insight into the lives of our ancestors and relatives...

You can search this collection directly here.  As a test case I searched on publication place = North Carolina and keywords = “Wake County.”  There are purportedly 1,301,429 results though I only looked at the first 40 or so which included Yackety Yak (UNC Chapel Hear College Yearbook), Shaw University Catalogue (HBC), Minutes of the South River Baptist Association annual sessions, City Directory of Asheville NC (1910), Greensboro City Directory (1912-1913), Walsh’s Charlotte NC City Directory (1907), and much more.

I did a quick look at Internet Archive and NC Digital and Mocavo and Hathi Trust and none of them seemed to have the exact same publications across board suggesting that there is value to adding this digital book archive to your genealogy tool list.

Did you find something “new” to you via this database?

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