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. This grew into a project for the entire United States, and subsequently for the World.
Missouri joined the project in July of 1996.
Volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of databases
and generally oversee the contents of the county web pages. Even though today most (certainly not all) counties are covered, ongoing projects such as the Census Transcription Project and the Tombstone Project continue to need volunteers; counties continue to need volunteers for lookups, and the Archives continue to need donated data and transcribers.