Thursday, January 11, 2007

Footnote - A New Online Documents Website

A new website called Footnote has launched with over 4 million digitized records, many of them from the U.S. National Archives. You can search the indexes at the website for free, however viewing the digitized images requires payment (available as a monthly or yearly subscription, or you can view individual images for $1.99 each - price subject to change).

Here are some highlights of what is presently available at the Footnote website...
  • Name Index to Civil War (Union) and Later Pension Files 1865–1899
  • Southern Claims Commission Records 1870s
  • Pennsylvania Archives Series 1625–1880 (presently free to use with registration)
  • Naturalization Records Indexes for Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania (years and courts vary)
  • Some City Directories for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island
The Footnote website is at: Footnote - Documents Online

Some of the records at Footnote were digitized from material in the National Archives (NARA). You can read NARA's press release about this at: National Archives and Footnote Launch Project to Digitize Historic Documents

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