A new genealogy website was opened a couple of days ago: Genealogy Gophers at www.gengophers.com. The goal is to be Google Books for genealogy.
Many respected bloggers have said it is a good site, but it is so busy now, I couldn’t get in!
* Completely free. The site is supported by ads and “Google Consumer Surveys” – people are asked to answer a few market-research questions once a day in order to read and download the books.
* Only genealogy-relevant books: 40,000 and growing. These out-of-copyright books have been obtained from FamilySearch, the Allen County Public Library, the Mid-Continent Public Library, and several other libraries.
* Advanced search technology allows searches for people: the names, dates, places, and relatives associated with them, not just words.
* Search results include snippets from the book pages so it’s easy to quickly scan the results and find the most-relevant ones.
The website is in beta. Over the coming months the search algorithms will continue to improve and they plan to add many more thousands of books.
Give it a try. I have found lots of ancestors through “family books”. Maybe I’ll find a few more here. Click the link above, or write it down and try when you have more time.