Exchange allows you to navigate through out the different project
areas, be they State, National or World level.
In March and April of 1996 a group of genealogists got together and organized
the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database Project. Their 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.
Volunteers were then
found who were willing to coordinate the collection of databases and generally
oversee the contents of these county web pages.
In June of 1996, as
the Kentucky project was nearing completion, the concept came about to extend
this idea to each of the remaining states. As with the Kentucky project,
volunteers were found to host the state pages and USGenWeb was launched.
The USGenWeb Project is now a national organization helping to keep all the
sites interconnected and with a relative uniformity. Since its inception,
the project has and will maintain one central idea: an area for
FREE collection and dissemination of data.