Monday, April 29, 2013

Have You Heard Of Open Library?

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Last night I was looking at some military stuff on FamilySearch.org's Research Wiki.  I clicked a link and was taken to The Report of The Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, Volume IV for the years 1861-1866.   This report was on the website Open Library.  I was intrigued and started looking around this website.  I did some genealogy related searches in the search box and came across this amazing find ~

Compiled Genealogy of the Family of John Webster by Noah Webster
Compiled Genealogy of the Family of
John Webster by Noah Webster

See Footnote
This is a compiled genealogy1 about the family of Governor John Webster of Connecticut, my 9th great-grandfather.  It was written by Noah Webster, a lexicographer and the author of the Webster's Dictionary.  Noah Webster is my 4th cousin, 6 times removed.  Governor John Webster, our common ancestor, is Noah's 3rd great-grandfather.

Compiled Genealogy of the Family of John Webster, by Noah Webster - Pg. 1
Compiled Genealogy of the Family
of John Webster, by Noah Webster - Pg. 1

See Footnote

This is Page 1 from Noah Webster's 8-page book.  I was able to download a PDF copy of the book, which is really awesome!

I highly recommend that you check out the website OpenLibrary.org.  You never know what genealogical treasures you may find there.

Thanks for reading!


© 2013 Copyright by Jana Last


1 Webster, Noah. Genealogy - The Family of John Webster. New Haven: New Haven, 1836. Open Library. 5 June 2010. 29 Apr. 2013 .

22 comments:

  1. Very, very cool Jana!! ;-) One of those great "Eureka moments" that happens sometimes in genealogy. Congratulations!

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    1. Hi John,

      Thanks! And yep, it was a "Eureka moment" for sure. I love when that happens. =)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Hah! It stands to reason that Noah Webster would be a genealogist as well. Very cool find!

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    1. Hi Jennifer,

      It really is cool to know that Noah Webster was interested in his family history.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  3. Although I didn't find anything on a quick search, that doesn't mean it's not out there. Thanks for sharing this great site. I wish I were related to Noah Webster. That's very cool.

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    1. Hi Ann,

      Hopefully you will find something as you search more in Open Library. And who knows, maybe something will be added to the website at a later date.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. What a wonderful idea! I have never heard of OpenLibrary.org. I guess this is one of the "finds" that people were talking about on #genchat -- this is what FamilySearch Wiki is FOR. How many databases are out there? And your Websters are related to Noah Webster. That is really something!

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    1. Hi Mariann,

      I haven't used the FamilySearch Wiki much in the past, but wow! From what I've seen, it has some great stuff there!

      Thank you so very much for stopping by!

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  5. Thats really cooland even I have heard of Websters Dictionary.

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    1. Hi Bill,

      Haha! Yep, I've used the Webster's Dictionary many times myself. And it's cool that it's online now too.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  6. Hi,
    OpenLibrary.org is part of Archive.org, which is now part of the Digital Public Library of America.

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    1. Hi James,

      Oh, that's great to know. I wasn't aware that Open Library and Archive.org were part of the Digital Public Library of America.

      Thank you!

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  7. Thanks for passing along that tip. And how fortunate to have readers like James Tanner who offer further explanation.

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    1. Hi Wendy,

      You're welcome. And yes, it certainly is awesome that James Tanner shared the information about Open Library and Archive.org being part of the DPLA.

      Thank you Wendy for stopping by and for your comment!

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  8. That is so cool that you found that. I am going to have to check this out. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Andrea,

      You're welcome! Have fun checking out this cool website. I hope you find something awesome to help you with your genealogy research.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Hey Jana, thanks for sharing the Webster book. This is one I haven't seen before, so what I nice find!

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    1. Hi Julie,

      You're so welcome! I hope you enjoy looking through Noah's book as much as I did. It's so fun to think that our Webster ancestor, publisher of the Webster's Dictionary, actually wrote a genealogy book about his family as well. So cool!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Very Cool find! You have some interesting Websters!

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    1. Hi Kathy,

      Thanks! Yes, this was quite a fun find. It was so interesting looking through Noah's book.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Thanks to you I stayed up way past my bedtime last night reading about some distant ancestors in the pre-Revolutionary and Revolutionary days of Elizabeth Town, N.J. :)

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    3. That's awesome Kathy! I mean, maybe not the staying up way past your bedtime part, but it's awesome that you found some interesting reading about your ancestors. Congrats! =)

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