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Registered Accounts Are Back

It took a lot of behind-the-scenes wrangling, but I've finally been able to re-institute registered accounts. I had to disable them last year while I looked for a viable login alternative that didn't expose the site to a flood of spam accounts--which is what was happening.

Now users can create new accounts, and with registered status, you can once again comment on articles. I am working on allowing registered users to add books to GooBooGenI, which would help immensely with the robustness of the site.

I have also added a "Favorites" feature for registered users, which appears on the upper-right of the screen when logged in. This little feature allows you to bookmark favorite or frequently-used books. It's a simple feature, but I'm hoping it will prove useful. I will post a tutorial on this easy-to-use addition soon.

In the meantime, if you have anything you'd like to see on the site, or have any comments or questions, please register (it's free!) and leave me a comment below.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 16:08

Search Bar is Back Again

The search bar re-appeared again, so all books are once again fully searchable from the index. I couldn't get any sort of answer on why it disappeared in the first place, but will keep trying to find out.
Last Updated on Monday, 12 May 2014 17:50

Searching Tips: Directories

If you're searching for information on a research subject who lived in a city, the method of your search is pretty straight forward. But what if the person you're researching lived in the suburbs? Turns out that directory searches are just another area in which your greater geographical understanding of the area in which you're researching really makes a difference.

The key to directory research, in this latter case, is to pinpoint the city nearest to which your target resided. Even in the 1800s, suburban areas were often included in directories for larger cities.

Case in point, consider the following 1884 directory, which is ostensibly for the city of Scranton, PA:

As the title page states, this isn't just a directory of Scranton; the volume also includes business listings for six neighboring communities.

Another example can be found in the following "Blue Book" for San Francisco (1919):

Note that the book covers not only San Francisco proper, but a whole host of suburban towns from the Greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Because it's cumbersome to list every single covered jurisdiction within the book titles on GooBooGenI, a title search for a specific suburb won't necessarily return these titles. A full search on this site would begin with the name of the local jurisdiction in which you're researching, then would slowly expand out to nearby cities, and even the county level.

Good luck!

Embedded Book Search

Just a heads up that I am aware of the disappearance of the search toolbar that used to appear in the embedded Google Books used on this site. I've been busy trying to find out if this is a temporary disappearance, or, if it is permanent, how I can create a workaround to make the GenI on this site more useful. Thanks for your patience!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 16:09

Additions and Changes Coming

Going to be adding a bunch of new books and categories over the coming months. This is a personal project (not affiliated with Google) which means it happens in my spare time. Thanks for your patience!
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