A Genealogy Resource that Is Seldom Used – The Internet Archive

A Genealogy Resource that Is Seldom Used –

The Internet Archive


Vicki’s note – I am sorry that I have been behind in letting you know about the programs held by the stateline area group – CAGGNI Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois, based in Schaumburg Illinois.

Below is a recent program that we missed, but I still going to give you some information and the link to the Genealogy Resource that Is Seldom Used – The Internet Archive :

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“Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.”

About the Internet Archive

The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. Our mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge.

We began in 1996 by archiving the Internet itself, a medium that was just beginning to grow in use. Like newspapers, the content published on the web was ephemeral – but unlike newspapers, no one was saving it. Today we have 20+ years of web history accessible through the Wayback Machine and we work with 450+ library and other partners through our Archive-It program to identify important web pages.

As our web archive grew, so did our commitment to providing digital versions of other published works. Today our archive contains:

Anyone with a free account can upload media to the Internet Archive. We work with thousands of partners globally to save copies of their work into special collections.

Because we are a library, we pay special attention to books. Not everyone has access to a public or academic library with a good collection, so to provide universal access we need to provide digital versions of books. We began a program to digitize books in 2005 and today we scan 1,000 books per day in 28 locations around the world. Books published prior to 1923 are available for download, and hundreds of thousands of modern books can be borrowed through our Open Library site. Some of our digitized books are only available to the print disabled…”

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“Internet Archive: The Amazing Genealogical Resource You’re Not Using! Schaumburg Library, Roselle & Schaumburg Rds., Adult Classroom
Date: 19 Jan 2019 10:30 AM CST

Internet Archive: The Amazing Genealogical Resource You’re Not Using!

by Debra Dudek

Can’t find it on Ancestry?  Learn all about Internet Archive and its amazing collection of city directories, county histories, gazetteers, yearbooks and family genealogies.  If you haven’t been on this site yet, you’re missing a lot of fantastic resources.

Debra M. Dudek is head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL.  Ms. Dudek specializes in British genealogy and technology topics.  She is currently pursuing a second masters degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.”

2 thoughts on “A Genealogy Resource that Is Seldom Used – The Internet Archive”

  1. We had a small dedicated crowd that braved the snow storms that day. Deb had a great presentation, as usual. My takeaways include using Mylibrary – to publish your own content, and sorting search archive date to find the most recently added items. Also, I had no idea how many cool historical videos that were there.


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