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Millions of unique documents online

Footnote helps you find and share historic documents. Bringing you many never-before-seen historic documents through unique partnerships with The National Archives, the Library of Congress and other institutions.

Patented digitization processes help to bring other collections to life on the web everyday.

But Footnote is more than just a dusty, digital archive online.

They provide you the tools to share your historical passions and connect with others.
Footnote is perfect for;

  • History Buffs
  • Genealogists
  • Researchers
  • Family Historians
  • Military Historians
  • Teachers
  • Institutions


The concept for is rooted in the company’s years of experience in the digitization business as iArchives, Inc. Starting in 1999, iArchives digitized historical newspapers and other archive content for leading universities, libraries and media companies across the United States.

From the beginning, the iArchives team developed a unique understanding of the value of creating an online repository for the world’s original source documents.

Leveraging the proprietary systems and patented processes built for the digitization of paper, microfilm and microfiche collections, the management team made a strategic decision: Use the iArchives platform to provide access to these historically significant and valuable collections.

In January of 2007 went live with over 5 million documents already featured on the site. Today,  they continue to grow and bring to life history that was once hidden.

Ancestry acquisition

In 2010 was acquired by and like Ancestry, the Footnote website is user driven, with thousands of people uploading adding to data daily.

US genealogy

For those with a particular interest in US genealogical research, Footnote provides data on the Civil War, Vietnam, and US Census collections.

The “Black History” section documents how African Americans have played an integral part in the development and achievement of the U.S, revealing a side of the African American story that few have seen before. View more than a million photos and documents found nowhere else on the internet.

Historical Era

One of the features that we particularly like about the Footnote site, is the ability to search via historical era; from the Revolution years of  1700s – 1815, the creation of a new nation between 1815 – 1860, the boom and bust years of the 1920’s and 1930’s and so on until the 20th century.

More information – Over 72 million documents online. A fantastic resource for genealogists and historians everywhere. – Aquisition of press release.

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