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Free Data at Footnote

OK, Upstate New York Genealogy, tell me why I should subscribe to footnote?

Well that’s a pretty easy question to answer.

First off, you do not have to subscribe to take advantage of many of the features and some of the more important and popular data. For instance, you can just go to footnote and have a look see for free.

They are in the process of bringing much of the microfilm collection of the National Archives (NARA) on-line, as well as other scores of collections from all over. Some of the important National Documents that are available all the time, for free, for everyone are; American Milestone Documents, you will find images of the actual original documents of such as; The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, The Gettysburg Address, and other famous documents in American History right up to The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.

Then you will find several other collections that are totally free, such as; 135 volumes of The Pennsylvania Archives, American Colonization Society Papers, the Amistad Federal Court Records, Constitutional Convention Records, Continental Congress Papers, Custer’s Court Martial, Lincoln’s Assassination Papers, and that’s not all. There are many more totally free collections. I just noticed that some of the New Hampshire Town Records are now coming on and they also are free.

Our recommendation is to go there, take a look. See if it something that you will use, we think you will, and then make the decision later as to subscribing or not. Footnote does offer unyg readers a seven day free trial for all of the collections of data and features that they provide, with no limitations on the amount that you can look at.

We have written about footnote in previous Blogs such as here.

We believe it is one of the better bargains on the Internet for Historians and Genealogists.

Start your Seven Day Free Trial to Footnote here.

Note: update August 1, 2008. Footnote is approaching 60 million online digitized documents. Here is a link to see what types of things would be available for genealogists and historians. Footnote Index . Without a doubt, Footnote is the Best Genealogy Bargain on the Internet. (Dick Hillenbrand)


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Happy Birthday To You!

Happy Birthday To You, Happy Birthday To You, Happy Birthday Dear Footnote, Happy Birthday To You !

In this wondrous era of instant digital media, you have reached your majority. You are ONE YEAR OLD! Fantastic!

For what it is worth, after having spent many an hour hunched over with my head in the metal shroud of a Readex metal microfilm box, yours is a MUCH better approach, in my opinion.

Twenty years ago we could have never dreamed that what you are doing so rapidly would ever be done at any time. It was just unthinkable! You now have 25 Million original documents on-line, viewable, zoomable, downloadable, incredible!

Your new Search Engine, coupled with the brilliant viewer are just a wonder to behold. We can do so much more with these digitized images than we could ever do with the grainy, scratched, out of focus 8 1/2 X 11 inch photocopies that were made from microfilm, that it is just astounding!

To our readers of the Upstate New York Genealogy Blog, we recommend this company to the highest degree. Your subscriptions on Footnote do help to support this website, and not only will Footnote thank you for your business, you will have our heartfelt thanks also. Take a three day FREE test drive and see for yourself. When you do subscribe from this website it will not cost you a penny more, so thanks again.

Ps: Footnote, we LOVE your Small Town Newspapers Series!

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psst, wanna find a locality?

Do you use epodunk?

A funny name, but easy to remember, this is a fast website that will help you in your genealogical pursuit.

It appears as though this site was not designed for genealogy, but it sure is helpful for researching your family tree! Whenever a location comes across this desk at Upstate New York Genealogy, that is not familiar, one of the first places that we go to is epodunk.

Well you might say that “this is just a commercial site for modern times,” well then you have not yet taken advantage of some of the unique features that epodunk has to offer.

For instance, on the top right is a search box to enter a locality. Just type in a name of a town, city, village, or whatever, and then select the state. Now here is a special feature that is very helpful to Genealogaholics, click on the box that says “Add Former Names” and you will be amazed at how much information can be discovered so quickly.

If you only have a former name of a locality, then put that in the search box and epodunk will return the modern day location name.

So you get the page of info, what next? Well there is usually a representative image, often from an old postcard, of the community. You will immediately see a description of the location, be it a hamlet, village, town, city, etc. One of the most helpful things that you will immediately see is that the county is named!

You will get the latitude and longitude, the time zone, and the altitude. Then over on the left you will find items of interest like, ancestry, attractions, cemeteries, courts, historical societies, libraries, maps, obituaries, photos, postcards, and a whole lot more.

Scroll down and there will be a current version of a Google Map that you can pan and zoom, and also look at the area in map, satellite image, or hybrid modes.

There are a ton more features and we would like to hear from you as to how epodunk has helped you. As always, we want to hear from you about anything, so please add your comments at the bottom of this Blog.

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Here is a very fast search site for books and other media that are available from libraries worldwide. It is part of the OCLC system and is located at the url of:

When you input a search term it will quickly come back with numerous items and when you put your zip code in it will show you which libraries nearest you have the item you searched for.

It will benefit you to use the “Learn More” button. Here is a partial blurb from their information catagory.

You can search for popular books, music CDs and videos—all of the physical items you’re used to getting from libraries. You can also discover many new kinds of digital content, such as downloadable audiobooks. You may also find article abstracts and their full text; authoritative research materials, such as documents and photos of local or historic significance; and digital versions of rare items that aren’t available to the public. Because WorldCat libraries serve diverse communities in dozens of countries, resources are available in many languages.

The Making of America (MOA) Cornell University


The Making of America,

Cornell University.

This is one place that you should start searching first because I do not think that it gets indexed by Google bots and you just might find a goldmine of background or specific information about a subject, location or a person that you are researching.

From their website description: The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. This site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.

In the search box I entered the term “Civil War” and checked “search books only” and came up with 784 matches in 206 reference titles. Using the same seach term and looking at both “Journals and Books,” there are 10,755 matches in 6,271 titles.

There are many thousands of titles available in full electronic format. Here are some exciting ones I use often: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion (1894 – 1922)
The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (1880 – 1901)

You can limit the range of dates that you are interested in also.
Check out the list of titles, it’s staggering.

Dick Hillenbrand
Upstate New York Genealogy

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