Sunday, June 15, 2014

Fold3 Databases Now Available through the Largo Public Library and the Genealogy Center

Pardon the repetition, but this news is so big that I am making several repeat posts to be sure readers get the word.

Great news! The Fold3 databases are now available through the Largo Public Library and the Genealogy Center.

For those of you not familiar with Fold3, it consists of over 60 million pages of historical documents, most of which have been digitized in partnership with the National Archives.

It offers collections of city directories, historical newspapers, naturalization documents, and more. But its specialty is really military records...from the Revolutionary War to the present day. It includes such records as rolls, rosters, compiled service records, and pension applications.

With Fold3 you can search, view, print, and save any of the images in the collections.

The subscription invested in by the library includes some special archive collections in addition to what has been described. Those collections are most notably the  Native American , African American, and American Revolution Archives.

Fold3 offers an enhanced search interface with filters, as well as two levels of viewers to make searching for documents and managing search results easy.

Fold3 is accessible from any computer in the library as well as from home if you access it through the Largo Public Library website and log on with your library card number.

If you use the computers in the library Genealogy Center, there are volunteer consultants who will help get you started and demonstrate use of the site. Printed instructions are also located next to each of the workstations in the Genealogy Center.

This is a great resource, and our thanks goes to the library for making it available.


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