Your Library in the Cloud: A Guide to Using Digital Collections
Hundreds of millions of documents are available online. Digitized databases allow us to cover a lot of material in a short time. These websites will help family historians learn more about where their families were from, understand the history of ancestral areas, and sort out geographic details. There are materials with specific genealogical interest, but many more help fill in the background information. Some of these mass digitization sites are open to everyone, and others will be accessible through university and college libraries. To use them effectively, researchers should understand their possibilities and limitations.
Dave Obee is a journalist, historian and genealogical researcher from Victoria, British Columbia. He has written a dozen books, and has given more than 400 presentations on genealogical research. He runs the CanGenealogy site for Canadian research.
Dave is the editor-in-chief of the Times Colonist newspaper in Victoria, British Columbia. He holds an honorary doctorate, awarded by the University of Victoria for his work as a journalist, genealogist and historian.
He has been researching his own family history since 1978. Dave has visited 17 countries in Europe, and has done genealogical research in most of them.