Recently I did a blog posting about the Internet Archive at the Boston Public Library. Since that time I have been working with it more than I have in the past. I know the Boston Public Library has put all of their older books relating to genealogy into the Internet Archive. (This is the collection that is housed in their Social Sciences Collection on the second floor of their older McKim building. ) With just one genealogy collection this large, let alone the the collections that other libraries have been adding, it seemed logical that the Internet Archive would have a category devoted to genealogy. I went hunting. It takes a few clicks to get there. If you click on one of the options below, you will find five screenshots that will show you how to get there.
A WORD OF WARNING REGARDING A SIMILAR WEBSITE. The Internet Archive is absolutely free to use. You can usually download books into your computer to use as needed. It has a specific arddress: https://archive.org. If you find yourself at a site that offers a seven day free trial it is not this site. There is another site whose web address ends in archives [plural, not singular].com [not .org] that is a for profit site. This other site will ask you for a credit card to access its free trial. I have known two people who have used this second site. They have not been able to opt out by clicking a designated spot on the website. Both had to actually phone the company. Neither found anything useful at this second site. I repeat, there is no cost to use the Internet Archive site I am citing. You will NOT be asked for your credit card.
vea/17 November 2012
Newton Free Library
Library website: http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net
Genealogy blog: http://thecuriousgenealogist.wordpress.com Exploring Newton’s Past (LibGuide) : http://guides.newtonfreelibrary.net/genealogy?hs=a