The Internet Archive was founded in 1996 to build an Internet library with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to to historical collections that exist in digital format.
Today there are over 150 billion web pages. About 240,000 movies, over 500,00 audio items, over 1,800,000 texts, 1600 educational items, and over 30,000 software items and it grows bigger each and every day.
The over 1,800,000 texts are a great help to genealogists everywhere. These resources range from scanned copies of parish registers to biographies, histories and all types of records to aid in family history research. Let's start with parish records, we put "Vermont Parish Records" in their search records and came up with the Rutland, VT West Parish Records covering 1773-1881:
One can search this page by page or search for a particular family surname. Doing a search for "Family Histories" brings up 578 results. Here is the Ashton Family Histories:
This book is over 1000 pages long with stories, photos. charts and an index.
The next part of this website in the "Way Back Machine", this is a wonderful asset to all doing research.
Type in the Internet address for a website and view it over time as it was scanned by Archive.org. The best part of this is the websites which are no longer available, you are able to go back to them and view their contents. Here is a screen shot from the early days for the Internet Archive.
As you continue your research, consider the Internet Archive as another place to find lots of help with your Family History research!
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