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I saw this short article in the current issue (Sept/Oct 2007) of the History Channel Magazine and thought it might be useful to someone.
In a January 2007 agreement between the National Archives and Footnote Inc., selected records from the holdings of the Archives were to be digitized and made available at http://footnote.com/nara . According to the non-exclusive agreement, the sizeable collection would be accessible to researchers and the general public on a subscription-based format from the Footnote website the first five years, thereafter available free of charge through the National Archives website.
As of May 2007, more than 8 million historical records had been digitized, including:
Papers of the Continental Congress (1774-1789),
the Matthew B. Brady Collection of Civil War Photographs,
the Southern Claims Commission,
the Name Index to Civil War and Later Pension Files,
the Revolutionary War Rolls (1775-1783),
the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files,
the Investigation and Trial Papers Relating to the Assassination of President Lincoln,
the Investigate Case Files of the Bureau of Investigation (1908-1922),
among others. Each month an additional 2 million documents will be digitized and added to the site. Footnote estimates that more than 25 million documents will be digitized by the end of 2007.
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More good news:
August 2, 2007 –Today, Footnote.com announced a new partnership with Allen County Public Library (ACPL), the largest public genealogy library in the United States to digitize millions of historical records making them available online for the first time at Footnote.com.
That's a ton of information! Thanks for the posts, this will be really helpful to a load of people...
I found a Naturalization document for one of my aunts on Footnote a month or so ago which contained a lot of information I did not already have. If you do not want to get a subscription with them you can order individual documents and pay by the document page instead. I paid $1.95 and it was money well spent.
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