In order to encourage more people to find their ancestors and connect with family, Footnote.com, the web's premier interactive history site, is opening all of their U.S. census documents for free to the public for a limited time.
Unlike any other historical collection on the web, the Interactive Census Collection has the unique ability to connect people related to ancestors found on the historical documents. Simply by clicking the "I'm Related" button for a name on the document will identify you as a descendent and also list others that have done the same. Never before has it been as easy to connect with distant relatives through historical documents. To learn how to get started with the Interactive Census, visit: http://go.footnote.com/discover.
Finding a record featuring an ancestor's name provides not only an emotional experience but also a connection with the past. On Footnote.com it's more than just finding a name on a census record. Interactive tools allow people to enhance the documents by adding their own contributions including:
• Other related documents
Each contribution is linked to a Footnote member and provides a means for people to find each other and exchange more information about their ancestors.
"TV programs including ‘Who Do You Think You Are?' on NBC and ‘Faces of America' on PBS will surely increase the interest in family history in the United States," explains Russell Wilding, CEO of Footnote.com. "We believe that using our Interactive Census Collection is a great way for those who are new to genealogy to get started."
In addition to providing the basic information about ancestors with the census documents, Footnote.com has been working with the National Archives and other institutions to digitize and index over 63 million historical records that include:
• Military documents
• Historical newspapers
• City directories
• Naturalization records
"Using the records on Footnote to go beyond the names and dates is like adding color to your tree," says Roger Bell, Footnote's Senior Vice President of Content and Product. "The more details you add, the more colorful your family tree becomes."
To search for an ancestor and experience family history like never before, visit: http://go.footnote.com/discover.