Brief History of the CanadaGenWeb Project


The Canada GenWeb Project is based on the USGenWeb Project, the purpose of which is to create a global library for genealogy research on the Web. The role of the Canada GenWeb Project is to assist researchers in locating this information, as well as to add to the existing online data.

In March and April of 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database Project. The idea was to provide a single entry point on the Internet for all counties in Kentucky, where all collected databases would be stored. In addition, the databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so that even if an individual were found in more than one county, they could be located in the index. At the same time, volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of databases at the County level and generally oversee the contents of the Web pages.

This same type of project now exists for every state in the U.S., as well as many countries around the World, including Canada. The Canada GenWeb Project was begun in 1997, and is modeled after the USGenWeb Project. Since that time, we have managed to find volunteer hosts for every Province and Territory and the majority of the counties and regions within them.

Our common goal is the collection and distribution of genealogical data on the Web. We depend solely on volunteers to provide us with primary data. Our aim is to be able to work in tandem with genealogical societies, archives and other records management organizations in order to create a centralized repository on the Web for Canada.





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