11 April 2011

Archives.com Update: 3.5 Million New Records


Today, Archives announces the addition of over 3.5 million new U.S. vital records and images to the website, demonstrating its commitment to adding value while maintaining the same low price point. Throughout the past year, Archives has significantly increased the number of historical records available to members, and this will continue to remain a key focus for the site. Archives is pleased to bring users these new, compelling record collections that will help them to discover new information about their ancestors.
The addition of these 3.5 million digital records is accompanied by the integration of 170,000 images of historical marriage certificates. Dating back to 1846, these images reveal valuable information to family historians about the life and times of their ancestors.
Each record collection added to Archives.com is easy to find through its simple search interface. Users can search by name, date, and location to filter results for a precise match. In total, Archives.com provides access to over 1.1 billion historical records, including vital, census, newspaper, immigration, and more.
These new record collections represent eight states including Texas, Kentucky, Maine, South Carolina, Colorado, Arizona, South Carolina, and Ohio. Regarding the Ohio collection, Archives worked with theRutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center to integrate their set of close to 1.5 million obituary records. The index was compiled from original newspapers by library staff and volunteers, and covers years 1810 to 2010. On the value of the collection, Head Librarian Rebecca B. Hill notes, "Obituaries are a great tool for building your own family history. Genealogists have long found that they can help flesh out the bare bones of a skeletal family tree."
Archives is thrilled to help increase access to and visibility of these records, allowing people to find more records online than ever before. Please visit the Collections page to learn about the records available on Archives.com. To receive regular updates about the website, please visit the Archives.com blog.