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With more than 20,000 Web sites featuring information and services, the federal government’s maze of online records may be difficult — or even impossible — for the average family history researcher to navigate. But starting this fall, a new search engine could help you find your way to the government records you want. FirstGov <firstgov.gov> will search 500 million government documents in a fraction of a second, according to a recent White House release. In his first-ever Webcast, President Clinton said FirstGov will be the gateway to “one of the largest, perhaps the most useful collection of Web pages in the entire world.” The site will be free-of-charge, available 24 hours a day, and will not collect private information from users, Clinton said.
From the December 2000 issue of Family Tree Magazine