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About the ARGenWeb Project

The ARGenWeb Project is one of the 50 state project sites in the USGenWeb Project.  The goal of this non-profit organization is to provide free information to researchers in searching their ancestry and history of the respective county and state.  We are very helpful to our researchers and succeed in providing free information from contributors and volunteers who provide information for free.  Internet research is growing, especially if you are not living in the state you wish to research, and by having volunteers and contributors provide a wealth of information, it is this reason why we succeed.

About the USGenWeb Project

"In the spring of 1996, a group of genealogists led by Jeff Murphy organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database Project, which evolved into the KyGenWeb Project. The idea was to provide a single entry point for genealogy data and research for all counties in Kentucky. In addition, the information for each county would be indexed and cross-linked to make it easier for researchers to find a name or data that they sought.

In June 1996, as the KyGenWeb Project was nearing 100% county coverage, interested volunteers decided to create a similar set of pages for all states, establishing The USGenWeb Project. Bill Couch wanted to follow in the footsteps of the KY Project with a similar site for Arkansas. Jeff Murphy set up a main page for the states that included a template for volunteers to use. Announcements were made to genealogy mailing lists and newsgroups and news of this Project was spread by email and word of mouth. Volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the efforts for each state, and additional volunteers were sought to create and maintain websites for every county in the United States. By July of 1996 most states were online with state homepages and most had several volunteers.

There was a core group of people who got involved very early and were key to getting this new Project off the ground. It was these people who laid the groundwork for assuring the success of The USGenWeb Project. These people included Jeff Murphy, Dale Schneider, John Rigdon, Linda Lewis, Joy Fisher, Kim Harris Myers, Billie R. McNamara, Melissa Calhoun, Nancy Trice, Bill Couch, Betty Sellers, Jim Rothgeb, Deke Smith, Sharon L. Rowe, Mary Lynne Ellis, Edward Hayden, Richard Holler, Laura Cook, Gary Steiner, and Diane Miller.

In October 1996, "The USGenWeb Web White Paper" was distributed world-wide by The USGenWeb Project. The purpose was to summarize the progress of the Project and to encourage additional people to volunteer. The "White Paper" serves as a very good historical outline of the Project's early days" (USGenWeb Project).  The USGenWeb Project also has a timeline of events, this can be viewed, here.

If you would like to join the USGenWeb Project, there are several ways you can volunteer!
  • Become a County Coordinator for a county, parish or borough where available by visiting the state you are interested.
  • Volunteer by submitting transcriptions of cemeteries, census, vital records.
  • Volunteer in any of the Special Projects
    • USGenWeb Archives Project
    • USGenWeb African American Griots Project
    • USGenWeb Lineage Project
    • Tombstone Transcription Project
  • Volunteer in any of the Sub-Special Projects
    • USGenWeb Digital Map Library
    • The Pension Project
    • Census Project
    • Church Records Project
    • Marriage Records Project
    • Family Group Sheet Project
    • Obituary Project
    • Special Collections Project
The possibilities to volunteer in the USGenWeb Project are endless!  Contact a County Coordinator, State Coordinator or Project Coordinator for more information or to contribute transcriptions, photographs or records.

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