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Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - ON THE RECORD -

Thou­sands of free his­tor­i­cal books can now be read on myher­itage.com. Launched in De­cem­ber, the fam­ily his­tory web­site’s ‘Com­pi­la­tion of Pub­lished Sources’ in­cludes city di­rec­to­ries, school year­books and church con­gre­ga­tional min­utes, to­gether com­pris­ing more than 37 mil­lion pages. Cru­cially, each vol­ume has been scanned us­ing Op­ti­cal Char­ac­ter Recog­ni­tion soft­ware, mean­ing it is pos­si­ble to search the col­lec­tion by key­word and see whether an an­ces­tor’s name ap­pears in print.

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