Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fold3 Surpasses 100 Million Images!


I'll be honest: I love Fold3. People always ask me, "Why should I bother with Fold3? It's just a bunch of military stuff." Excuse me? Military records are a potential goldmine for genealogists! Pension files, compiled service records, prisoner of war records: all of these help put your ancestor in a specific place at a specific time. And if you're lucky, there will be tons of depositions from family and friends giving those answers you desperately need. Of course, Fold3 doesn't only have military records, but you'll have to go give them a look see for yourself!

So... congratulations to Fold3, who announced today that they have surpassed 100 million images!

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Fold3 Surpasses 100 Million Images

Earlier this month, we reached a major milestone when the counter on the Fold3 home page spun to and exceeded 100,000,000 record images. Our digital partners—the National Archives (NARA), Allen County Public Library, FamilySearch, and others—helped Fold3 attain this significant event. We thank them and you, our members and fans, for your support and enthusiasm over the last six years.

In January 2007, Footnote.com (Fold3’s predecessor) launched with an initial 4 million images. Many of the Fold3 Team members have been around since those early days, watching the titles roll and the images multiply at an increasingly steady pace, assuring that our visitors can access an impressive range of original military records online.

The first sets of documents on the site proved very popular and continue to be some of Fold3’s biggest hits today. They include:
Since those early days, Fold3 has added many more popular titles, including:
Here we are, one hundred million images strong, looking eagerly toward the next hundred million. At the pace our team is digitizing and scanning, it will certainly happen sooner than we think. You can catch up on all of Fold3’s significant achievements on our Blog.
Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

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2 comments:

Jacqi Stevens said...

Here I am in the midst of Civil War research, Elizabeth, and it's true: I'm finding stuff on Fold3. Maybe I need a primer from you, though. Frankly, Fold3 loads so slowly for me that I lose patience with it. I'm hoping it's just how my computer is configured...but it makes for a frustrating research experience.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

You're right, Jacqi; images on Fold3 can be a bit slow downloading at times, especially if your connection is not very fast. The time I downloaded a 164-page RevWar pension, I thought I would run screaming through the streets in frustration! According to Verizon, I have a DSL connection running at "the highest stable rate" between 1.1 - 3 Mbps. It's not blazing fast, but it seems to work ok. But hardware also has a lot to do with it. Make sure everything is up-to-date, and check your graphics drivers. I recently upgraded mine, and have a brand, spankin' new graphics card waiting to be installed by my procrastinating husband. Not sure that will help, but I do love new hardware!

Also, I find that Chrome is the fastest-loading browser, so you might want to give it a shot, if you haven't already. MSIE made me want to tear my hair out, but from what I've heard, they've managed to speed things up a bit.

Fold3 does have nice high-quality images, so patience is a must. But when you get them downloaded, you'll appreciate the quality, especially when you enlarge the images to maximum capacity and can finally read the gems hidden in that old handwriting!