The idea for this site actually started in 1976 when I purchased a
Family Bible (1869 edition). Madison Hill had listed family births from
1838 to1879, and some deaths are also recorded. It always seemed a shame
that there was no effective way to find her descendents and return this
Twenty-five years later, I decided to teach myself how to build a
website, and this is the result. Two years ago I started a small
database another website.
We had about 18,000 people indexed from a variety of books and vintage
photographs and documents. We were able to connect several dozen people
with information about their past, or send them items which had belonged
to their ancestors. After a few months we decided to get serious about
the project, and now have over 100,000 people indexed in this database,
and add more weekly.
Why we charge for information.
I believe that it is important to share genealogical
information, and I do share information on my lines with others who are
researching common ancestors. But, we have spent several thousand
dollars and almost two thousand hours on the items indexed in this
Following are a few reasons why we charge:
We are maintaining a free access database, so if
your ancestors are not listed, you spend nothing. Some of the
databases we list have useful information you can use, even if you send us no
Many of the books we have indexed are rare and would
cost from $50 to over $100 if you purchased them.
Much of this information would be difficult to
find; for example some of the books we have indexed are 300 to 400
pages long and are not in alphabetical order. So even if you found
the book in your local library, you could spend several hours just
checking to see if your ancestors are listed.
Even if you go to your local library (which your tax
dollars are supporting) and find information you will be charged 10
cents per copy, or more, at the self-service copier. When we copy
from a book for you we include the title page, any lists of
abbreviations used and any introductions or other information we
think is interesting or valuable. From some of our books, a one
paragraph biography, will become copies of 7 or 8 pages when we send
it to you.