There is a small business that several years ago began publishing information derived from very unique, printed resources. The company is Genealogy Today and it now has over two million names online, mostly from very small documents and books.
Believing that no ancestor should be left behind, this company has been collecting rare and out of print documents for the past five years. The items are carefully scanned, transcribed and sourced for researchers. Finding an ancestor in this collection is easy since the information is fully indexed. It’s also been hand-transcribed and verified for accuracy.
Take for example the 1887 graduation of the First District School in Willimantic, Connecticut. There were only THREE graduates: Jennie Walker, Deloraine Conant or Amos Hammond. You won’t find this kind of information on the larger database sites.
This is just one of thousands of the resources available online at Genealogy Today, with hundreds more added every month. Included in their collection are many vital records, deaths and marriages, from around the country. While a majority of the information is from the 1820’s to 1920’s, some of the resources go back into the 1700’s.
In addition to school records, you’ll find church records, Masonic lodge rosters, funeral cards (with images), railroad employment records, WWII ration book images, orphanage residents, and member lists from numerous clubs, societies and business associations, many of which are quite obscure like the Improved Order of Heptasophs.
While most genealogy companies promote the “hugeness” of their databases, Genealogy Today is quite content to be focused on capturing ancestors from lost and often forgotten resources. They’re flagship database, Family Tree Connection, is subscription based, but they offer a free preview of the name indexes.
Bring all of your brick-wall ancestors to Genealogy Today and see if they’re hiding in the small resources they’ve transcribed. Even if you think you’re family tree is “complete,” you may find additional information about your ancestors that will give you better insight into their lives.