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Accessible Archives, Inc. To Expand American County Histories

New England States Will be Added to the Collection

Malvern, PA (September 8, 2010) – Accessible Archives, Inc., an electronic publisher of primary source full-text historical databases, has announced the upcoming inclusion of materials from the six New England states to its current series, American County Histories. The additional information from these states will complement that contained in the original county collection of Mid-Atlantic states: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Most of the large county volumes comprising American County Histories were published between 1870 and 1900, and have long formed the cornerstone of local historical and genealogical research. They are encyclopedic in scope and virtually limitless in their research possibilities. Accessible Archives’ expansive collection provides full-text coverage of tens of thousands of pages, along with plates, maps and other visual support elements from every county in each state. Many counties pre-date the American Revolution, and county names derive from a mix of British, American and Native American sources, including place names in England, additional European and American geographic locations, and individuals such as Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.

Detailed coverage of local history, geology, geography, weather, family histories, health and vital statistics and lists of local participants in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, is included. Information concerning government, the medical and legal professions, churches and ministers, industry and manufacturing, banking and insurance, schools and teachers, noted celebrations, fire departments and associations, cemeteries, transportation, roads and bridges, public officials and legislators, and many additional subject areas also may be researched. The serious scholar and the casual researcher each will find a wealth of useful and interesting materials contained in this unique database.

Tom Nagy, Accessible Archives COO, commented on the project: “Our customers have been asking for New England coverage, and as the foremost purveyor of colonial and early American information for the Northeast we are pleased to be able to make it available to them. As home to many of America’s earliest settlers, this area was pivotal initially in the development of colonial America, and later in the formation of the United States. As to genealogical research, no matter where you live in this country the odds are high that at least one of your ancestors came from one of these states.”

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