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The Digital Race for Genealogy Books and Records


As genealogists, we are all winners in the race to digitize all the world's records. So where do the major websites stack up? Who has the books and records we need to do our research?

Currently, there is a hot topic in astrophysics concerning the amount of dark matter in the universe. Estimates vary but some believe that up to 80 percent of the mass of the universe is made up of material that scientists cannot directly observe. This unobservable mass is known as dark matter. Well, as genealogists we have our own "dark matter." We have billions of digitized records online and for most genealogists, this vast collection of data goes unobserved. I am frequently mentioning large online collections to fellow researchers who are totally unaware of the existence of these records and books. So it is probably time to write up another summary of these vast online resources.

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