Sunday, 16 September 2012

New online genealogical resource from Gale (Cengage Learning)

The following is a press release directed at libraries from Gale (Cengage Learning):

Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced the launch of Gale Genealogy Connect, a new online tool for genealogical research. Focusing on the “how to” of genealogical research along with unique source materials, Gale Genealogy Connect serves as a complement to popular fact, date and people-based genealogy resources already on the market.

Sourced from the publications of, parent company for Genealogical Publishing Company and Clearfield Company, Gale Genealogy Connect features over 550 reference works at release (formerly only available by print or CD-ROM) on a standalone ebook platform, with a goal of growing the collection to nearly 1,500 works. The content covers a wide range of topics such as genealogy research basics, genealogy methods and sources, colonial genealogy, immigration, royal and Native American ancestry. Gale Genealogy Connect serves both novice and advanced researchers – beginners will learn proper research methods and how to define and organize goals, while powerful search features help advanced researchers make connections among data to uncover a meaningful story behind their family tree.

“With Gale Genealogy Connect we are opening up a treasure chest of resources for current and future genealogists as this is the first time much of this information is available in an online, searchable database,” said Gerald Sawchuk, publisher for public library solutions at Gale. “Instead of spending countless hours scouring a book for mention of a family name, users can quickly search across multiple information sources, making the research experience much more efficient and exciting.”

 Additional features of Gale Genealogy Connect include -

  • an engaging user interface with translation into 38 languages,
  • unlimited and simultaneous 24/7 access,
  • seamless cross-searching across all Gale Genealogy Connect collections,
  • ability to print, save, email or share articles, and
  • multi-page PDF viewing recreating the book experience.
  • Content is divided into six convenient bundles, giving libraries a variety of purchase and subscription options to meet their needs.

The 181 volume immigration collection includes: four volumes of Terrance Punch's "Erin's Sons: Irish Arrivals in Atlantic Canada"; Johnson's Irish Emigration to New England through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, 1841 to 1849; and two volumes of Smith's Nova Scotia Immigrants to 1867.

If you'd like to have this collection available through your public library send them a request.

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