RLG, an international, not-for-profit membership organization of over 150 research institutions, has announced ArchiveGrid, its new historical archive Web site. This online service offers improved features for archival search methods, including those seeking primary source information on family and corporate histories, political papers, and historical records from a worldwide database.
Scholars searching ArchiveGrid will have direct search access to dispersed collections, be able to locate research institutions, and get the information to arrange visits or request copies they want for their research. Scholars will have a tool designed to provide them with comprehensive collection descriptions written by archivists. ArchiveGrid also opens up a new opportunity for genealogists. The Web site has links to locations for birth and death records, ship logs and cemetery records, along with other historical documents tied to family heritage. This search approach allows both professional and amateur genealogists to research and discover family histories from a worldwide database. ArchiveGrid can pinpoint not only which library or archive has specific family information, but where it's located, on which shelf and which box.