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Website: http://usgwarchives.net



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USGWarchives.net is a free resource set up to help you find out information about people and places which have been involved in US wars. This is a publically built archive which takes submissions from its members.

If you’re looking for information about a lost loved one or are just interested in the US during wartime, this could prove a useful resource. In the first instance, the archives are separated by state, and you can then look into particular towns and villages or cities. Records include biographies, cemetery maps, censuses, deaths, history documents, newspaper clippings and more. 

The majority of this information has been provided by members of the public, and the site’s team make it clear that it might not be entirely accurate since they cannot check each item for authenticity. This is a little troublesome because it means members of the public could upload incorrect data, but there aren’t great ways of avoiding those kinds of problems.

Files are often very small, so you won’t find actual scans of newspapers much of the time. Rather, articles have been typed up and sourced, which isn’t really as useful because you don’t get the feel for the time period (such as the articles which surrounded it). Still, it’s better than nothing.

The site runs several special projects, which are at different stages of completion. Some are very bare bones, whilst others have a bit more data available. If you want to find out some local information, it might be worth checking these out, but search options are very limited and results often don’t seem to correspond to what you’re looking for.

In short, US Gen Web Archives is set up with its heart in the right place, but it feels under-developed and quite amateur. Of course, it could still prove fruitful, depending on what you need, but if you want to find primary historic sources, this isn’t the place to do it. 

The site provides a list of its file managers, which could be useful if you could actually follow links to contact them. Unfortunately, you only get a name unless you click through and try to find out who they are from the individual state’s pages. 

This is a free resource which might offer some decent information, but it’s often not easy to find what you’re looking for unless you’re lucky (or are just open to reading random items).

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