Review by James Pylant
More than 550 genealogical and historical references published by Genealogical Publishing Company and Clearfield Company, will soon be available online to library patrons. A partnership between Genealogical.com, the parent company of the two Baltimore-based publishers, and Gale, a reference publisher and now a part of Cengage Learning, will eventually provide nearly 1,500 works searchable online to subscribing libraries through Gale Genealogy Connect.
"Instead of spending countless hours scouring a book for mention of a family name, users can quickly search multiple information sources, making the research experience much more efficient and exciting," says Gerald Sawchuk, publisher for library solutions at Gale.
I took an extensive preview of Gale Genealogy Connect and, as expected, found it to be a goldmine. Researchers will appreciate the choice of viewing pages as text or PDF and options to print, save, or e-mail articles. Another helpful feature allows users to access each volume by browsing an alphabetical list of titles. Yet, the advanced search engine is the best feature, allowing the user to quickly find any keyword from the entire collection. Some of the multi-volume sets already available are titles such as the Complete Book of Emigrants, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Directory of Scottish Settlers in North America (1625-1825), Eastern Cherokee by Blood, 1906-1910, and German Immigrants: Lists of Passengers Bound from Bremen to New York, 1868-1871.
The homepage categorizes books into 18 subjects: American Revolution (1775-1785), Aristocracy, Carribean Islands, Colonists, Eastern United States, Emigration and Immigration, Ethnic Groups, Europeans, Family History, Genealogical Databases and Libraries, Midwestern United States, Native North Americans, Personal Names, Reference Works, Religions, Southern United States, United States History (1600-1775), and War of 1812.
For more information, visit: cengagesites.com.