For the first time in the 10-year history of The USGenWeb Project, a project-wide search is being enabled on a State-by-State basis at http://www.USGenWeb-Search.Us with a great deal of success. The free-access USGenWeb, along with many of the state and county sites and Special Projects, are hosted by RootsWeb.com.
Although Search Us opened to the public on February 1st 2007 with only the 13 original states (and the last two, Alaska and Hawaii) searchable, 5,975 people visited the home page 8,699 times and conducted a total of 25,163 state searches during the month.
February and March saw the addition of many more states, some now receiving as many as 1,000 searches per week. Yet more are being added in April, and it is expected that all states will be searchable by sometime in May or June.
Now, instead of a researcher asking, "I can't find your search, do you have anything on Jane Smith?" the researcher can say, "I found Jane Smith via your search, and have more information I would like to contribute to the USGenWeb."