June 14, 2005

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Genealogy Today Launches Free Database of Biographical Sketches

Genealogy Today ( announced the availability of Biographical Sketches Online, a free service offering researchers access to images of short biographies published in various books by different groups and organizations.

"The amount of information in these sketches is incredible," explained Illya D'Addezio, owner of Genealogy Today. "In many cases they were written by the individual themselves, or at least they provided a good portion of the facts."

Biographical Sketches Online, accessible from the Genealogy Today home page, is a collection of images scanned from original materials owned by Genealogy Today. The index is fully searchable and integrated into the main site search. Instead of having to browse through pages of images, you can find out in seconds if any possible ancestors are in the collection.

The database launched today with several hundred sketches from three different books: History of Southwest Virginia and Washington County [VA]; 150 Years of Lodge No. 43 Lancaster [PA] (1785-1935); and Fitchburg [MA] Past and Present. Additional sources will be uploaded on a regular basis.

"In the past we have used these resources for individual research projects," added Illya. "Now we're making them available for anyone visiting our site -- all free of charge."

To access the Biographical Sketches Online database, visit the Genealogy Today home page at or go directly to the search page at


Genealogy Today has been helping connect families since 1999 with its unique collection of databases and search tools, original articles from experienced genealogists, and directory of local genealogy. With more than 43,000 registered members, Genealogy Today helps connect researchers with common family lines through its free Team Roots program.

Based in New Providence, NJ, it develops and markets online resources that help researchers track and organize their family history projects. The Genealogy Today web site also provides a marketplace of family tree products and gifts. Genealogy Today LLC is a member of the Better Business Bureau and participant in the BBB Reliability Program.

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