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ProQuest continues to enhance its genealogical offerings by adding to its impressive line of family history products. Exclusively available from ProQuest, Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry, is a premier collection of historical U.S. military records and unique military content. Libraries can now offer their patrons this invaluable resource that brings to life the details of America's military veterans with stories, photos and personal documents. Historians, genealogists and military enthusiasts can access more than 440 million records beginning with the Revolutionary War. The new user interface makes it easy to search historical documents from diverse sources including the War of 1812 Pension Applications and Service Records, Civil War Widows' Pensions, and records of the United States Colored Troops, and, unique non-military sources such as Native American records, FBI Case Files, and Holocaust records.
The new library edition also provides access to personalization tools. Library patrons may choose to create a personal user account to build memorial pages, submit annotations to any image, or leave comments. The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world.
Check out the list of world-class archives for this continually-growing compilation containing nearly 450 collections, of which many are only available on Fold3.
ProQuest provides libraries with the greatest scope of genealogical resources and historical databases, encompassing both primary and secondary sources. Specialized content like Fold3 Library Edition combined with Ancestry Library Edition, the new HeritageQuest Online powered by Ancestry, and ProQuest Historical Newspapers, provide family history enthusiasts and historical researchers access to essential resources to jump-start, delve deep, and streamline their research.
"Genealogists and researchers across disciplines need access to a variety of resources to be successful in their scientific and exploratory work. As a result, libraries are continuously looking for distinct, diverse and rich content sources to meet the needs of their patrons," said Andon Baltakov, vice president, product management, ProQuest. "With the addition of Fold3 Library Edition, ProQuest upholds its commitment to providing our customers with authoritative history resources for researchers, political science experts, genealogists and biographers."