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Footnote.com at the Library of Michigan
Abrams Collection Genealogy Highlights
A PDF version of Footnote.com at the Library of Michigan is also available.
Footnote, an outstanding subscription database available at the Library of Michigan, is aimed at creating and sustaining an online community of users — researchers that discover genealogical records, interact with one another and share information on common ancestors. Now totaling more than 53 million images, Footnote culls much of its content from the collections of the National Archives, making it available online for the first time. The resulting product is a delightful mix of historical and genealogical gold. Perhaps your ancestor wrote a pro-Left letter to the editor and was investigated by the FBI, served overseas in Russia following the First World War, or petitioned the U.S. government for property damage sustained during the Civil War. Find out at Footnote.com!
Researchers have full access to Footnote at the Library of Michigan. Although users also can search for free at www.footnote.com, full access to the database from home is available only to those with a personal subscription. Although much of Footnote's genealogical content requires a subscription, there are a number of outstanding resources that do not.
Among the wealth of traditional genealogy resources, including newspapers, naturalizations, military records and more, Footnote also contains a wonderful array of material not often associated with family history research. Below is a list identifying many of the genealogical collections available at Footnote; content, both new databases and images to existing collections, continues to be added, so researchers are encouraged to visit the site and explore further. Free collections that do not require a subscription are indicated with an asterisk (*).
Records and/or indexes:
The content at Footnote is certainly exceptional, but researchers can utilize the full power of the database by registering with the database as a user; it requires only an e-mail address. Once logged in, researchers can tap into Footnote's interactive features, including annotating, personal record galleries, connecting records to another and alerts.
When researchers find a document of interest, they have several options. They can:
Navigating Footnote is very intuitive and straightforward, as researchers can do an every-word search for the entire database at Footnote's home page. An Advanced Search gives the user much more flexibility; there researchers can easily search by first and last name, a specific collection within Footnote, date and much more. When viewing an image, the filmstrip feature makes it easy to navigate a collection or records that contain multiple pages.
On-site users at the Library of Michigan have full access to all the wonderful records and resources in Footnote. If researchers elect for a personal subscription from their home computer, subscriptions are quite affordable at an annual or monthly rate, or images can even be purchased on an individual pay-per-view basis.
Among the crowded field of genealogy databases, Footnote stands out as an example of fantastic historical content weaved together with user collaboration and interaction. As more users utilize the interactive features of the database - annotating and connecting documents to one another - it will only become more invaluable as a genealogy research tool. Given its amazing breadth of material for historical and genealogical research, and the ever-increasing value of the user-contributed annotations, Footnote has certainly become a top-notch online resource destination worth a closer look.
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