The following announcement was written by Accessible Archives, Inc.
Malvern, PA (January 24, 2014) – Accessible Archives, Inc.™, an electronic publisher of full-text primary source historical databases, has announced the further expansion of its collection American County Histories. The addition of The Southwest will complement the New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and West regional collections. Included states are Arizona, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, the state with the single largest number of counties in the United States. Future plans call for additional coverage of states within the Midwest and Central regions.
Published primarily between 1870 and 1923, county histories are a cornerstone of local historical and genealogical research. They provide historians and genealogists with regional overviews and general community conditions. Ancestor research often yields collateral information about neighbors, friends and associates of family members. Additional subject areas include government, medical and legal professions, churches, industries, schools, celebrations, fire departments, cemeteries, transportation, and local and regional geological conditions. For an overview of non-traditional uses and original sources, please see our whitepaper on the topic.
As with all Accessible Archives databases these volumes will be carefully imaged, then each article will be keyed and XML-tagged. This combination of imaged pages backed by re-keyed text makes it easier to navigate the database and to locate desired images and articles. The databases may be searched by individual county, across a state or region, or throughout the entire country as a unified entry.
Tom Nagy, COO of Accessible Archives, commented, "We continue to move forward as the foremost digitized source for nationwide coverage of county histories. Many of the current online volumes are not fully searchable. Our search capabilities allow the user to move beyond these limitations. And by re-keying each article rather than using dirty OCR we are delivering more user-friendly and accurate search results. This painstaking work eventually will result in coverage of all 50 states."
In its role as exclusive sales and marketing agent for Accessible Archives, Unlimited Priorities LLC™ continues to help expedite this ongoing project by providing technical and production assistance, product development and licensing agreements.
About Accessible Archives, Inc.
Founded in 1990, Accessible Archives utilizes computer technology and a team of conversion specialists to provide vast quantities of archived historical information previously available only in microformat, hard copy or as images only. Diverse primary source materials reflecting broad views across American history and culture have been assembled into comprehensive databases. Developed by dedicated instructors and students of Americana, these databases allow access to the rich store of materials from leading books, newspapers and periodicals then current. Accessible Archives will continue to add titles covering important topics and time periods to assist scholars and students at all academic levels. Accessible Archives has retained Unlimited Priorities LLC as its exclusive sales and marketing agent.
Accessible Archives may be found at http://www.accessible-archives.com.