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What is the purpose of the USGenWeb Archives Project?

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The USGenWeb Project is a non-commercial and fully committed group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. This project is dedicated to free, online access for the general public.

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The USGenWeb Archives Project has an outgrowth known as the USGenWeb Digital Map, which functions to provide genealogists with useful, readable and high quality maps. It avails both archival maps and newly made maps based on scholarly research. The USGenWeb Archives is also embarking on the USGenWeb Archives Pension Project, which endeavors to provide actual transcriptions of pension-related materials for all wars prior to 1900. Transcripts, extracts and abstracts are accepted and files are placed in the USGenWeb Archives directory of the state and county of principal residence of the pensioner.

The USGenWeb Archives developed its Obituary Project, giving newspapers permission to archive published obituaries to help researchers. As the USGenWeb Archives grew, it was apparent not all submitted data fell into the standard category, thus prompting development of The USGenWeb Archives Special Collections Project to cover this special data. Special Collections also provides an entry page to scanned out-of-print books on family studies, historical books and various journals permanently stored in the USGenWeb Archives for free access. These books are scanned and placed online.

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