Genealogist's Index To the World Wide Web
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The genesis of GIWWW was about 1993 with the GEDCOM files and message boards on AOL and GEnie. John Rigdon was involved in the boards and saw that a definitive index to the messages was needed to aid researchers. When he began working with the startup of The USGenWeb Project he continued his focus on the indexing of the query pages and other information as it came on line.
This combined index contains over 10 million names across 5,000 sites, including special collections, USGenWeb Project sites, personal web pages, and the original AOL GEDCOM index. The index consists of a last name, first name and cross-reference number that ties the entry to a URL. Researchers will be able to instantly search for surnames across all of the sites indexed.