New Genealogy Database Available at Metropolitan Library System
What is Footnote.com?
“Footnote.com is a website that’s very popular with genealogists,” said Metropolitan Library System Materials Selector Susan Ryan. “We’ve just recently added it to our list of databases. Word is spreading that we have it, and its popularity is growing.”
Footnote.com puts over 50 million historical documents online, and the company is committed to adding another 2 million every month. Most of these documents are made available through a partnership with the National Archives, but many come from other sources as well.
“A lot of these documents,” Ryan added, “can be found only through Footnote.com. You can look at them and even print them off in their original form.”
Some of these documents include records of the Revolutionary War, Civil War, both World Wars, and the Vietnam War. Researchers can also access birth and death records, newspapers, naturalization records by state, homestead records, city directories, and even Project Blue Book UFO investigations for people whose ancestors were really aliens.
“The amount of material that can be searched by amateur and professional genealogists is amazing, “Ryan said. “If you had to actually travel around to examine these document
repositories, you couldn’t do it. Most databases make research a lot more convenient. This one makes the impossible possible.”
Because of the library’s contract with Footnote.com, it can only be accessed at one of the 17 system libraries.
Call your neighborhood library for more information.
The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.