7    Dec 20150 comments

Huge Free Collection of Digitized Books Now Available on MyHeritage!

We've just added an exciting new collection to MyHeritage SuperSearch™, containing over 37 million pages in 150,000 books relevant to family history!

Search Compilation of Published Sources now

The new collection includes tens of thousands of digitized historical books, with actual images of the books' pages, and all their text extracted using Optical Character Recognition. The books span the last four centuries and include family, local and military histories, city and county directories, school and university yearbooks, church and congregational minutes and much more. A vast amount of rich data from diverse publications makes this collection a fantastic source of rare genealogical gems, providing insight into the lives of our ancestors and relatives.

We've added this collection using a new process that adds approximately 250 million pages to SuperSearch™ per year, utilizing a team of 40 curators. The curators examine each digitized book for relevance to family history research, and enhance its meta data if they decide to include it. The collection is sourced from various published texts that are copyright-free, and will be updated from now on several times each year.

The Compilation of Published Sources collection is located in SuperSearch™ under Books & Publications and is free to access. Easily search the collection by any of the following: first name, last name, publication title, publication date, publication place, or keywords.

Our unique and powerful Record Matching technology is now matching this new collection automatically to all family trees on MyHeritage, and users are alerted if Record Matches are found for individuals in their family tree. Correct matches can be confirmed and source citations can be extracted directly to your family tree, using the extract information feature.

In the example below, a Record Match was automatically found for a person in a family tree on MyHeritage (Carl Daniel Fechtman), in a page from a senior class yearbook included in the new collection. The page has a picture of the person, and reveals a list of the clubs and extra-curricular activities that he was involved in. All this can easily be added to the family tree to bring color to this profile. Imagine learning that your great-grandfather was a president of the Phi Beta Kappa Society!

Record Match example — Senior Class School Yearbook (click to zoom).

The example below shows a Record Match from an 1881 publication for Lydia R. Ortlip as part of a Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, a fraternal organization in the United States to encourage families to band together to promote the economic and political well-being of the community and agriculture.

Record Match example — from a History book of Chester County, Pennsylvania (click to zoom).

Here are some interesting examples found by searching this collection on SuperSearch:

The following letter was written by Timothy Dwight V (November 16, 1828 – May 26, 1916), president of Yale University from 1886 to 1898. He was an American academic, educator, and minister. His grandfather, Timothy Dwight IV, served as the eighth President of Yale College 90 years before he began his term at the College. In this letter he offers his greetings to the graduating class of 1902.

Achievements of the Class of 1902, Yale College, New Haven, CT. (click to zoom)

A search for Manson Harding, brings up a result of an M. Harding who was part of the Triton Fire Company 1851-1852. The result also shows a picture of The Triton, one of the first suction engines ever built, and considered a marvel of efficiency in its time.

History of Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne, PA., With Biographical Sketches and Genealogical Material, Vol.4, 1929. (click to zoom)

The Compilation of Published Sources is a great resource for family historians who are looking to add color to their family tree and discover fascinating moments from the lives of their ancestors. We will continue to grow this collection, so make sure to stay tuned.

Start searching this new collection, and let us know what you uncover!

Enjoy,
MyHeritage team

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