Mar 26 2008

Speaking of Digitizing

Published by at 6:29 am under Technology

I ran across a site which may be the one to address the need for online census records which I wrote about recently. It is footnote.com and it uses a flash interface to view scanned documents.

They’ve gone through the effort to photograph every name on the Vietnam memorial, and attach biographical information to each one. Very impressive use of technology. Can you imagine digitized images of all past U.S. census forms, hyperlinked to a master genealogy database, maintained by crowdsourcing? Perhaps unrealistic because of disagreements of who is really an ancestor, but then again no one thought Wikipedia would be able to work either.

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