In March and April, 1996, a
group of genealogists organized the Kentucky
Comprehensive Genealogy Database Project.
The idea was to provide a single entry point
for all counties in Kentucky, where 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 and generally oversee the contents
of the web page. Required elements of a county
page included offering queries and lookups.
This project became known
Within just a few months, most of the Kentucky
counties had a volunteer coordinator, and
it was decided to expand the project to include
the other states... and USGenWeb was born,
and a short time later WorldGenWeb.
Today, over six years later, it is easier than
ever to research your family while sitting
at your computer at home.