5120 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 6L4
Speaker: Marian Press
Most genealogists never consider visiting an academic institution, either in person or online, for help in their search for family and social context. But academic institutions, especially university libraries and history and social science departments, are in the forefront when it comes to the digitization of research materials – and more and more of these are directly relevant to family history, although this is not their original intent.
We will be examining some of the many projects undertaken by universities and by humanities and social science funding bodies, sometimes with the help of commercial companies. Many of the UK projects, for example, are funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and we will discuss how to find out what such bodies are funding.
All of the examples chosen to be included contain information of genealogical interest and provide digital full-text results. All are available free to the public. The emphasis is on UK sites, as this is where the major academic digitization projects are centred.
Many of the databases are for the early historical periods before civil registration, a period that is often more difficult for record discovery and, therefore, of particular relevance for us as family historians.
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