Free Online Genealogy Website of the Day – Veridian

Veridian Software is the product and service provided by DL Consulting, a company that resides in Hamilton, New Zealand. They specialize in national newspaper collections worldwide, large statewide collections in the United States, and universities.

Some of the unique features of their software are the ability to handle different alphabets, such as Hebrew for the National Library of Israel, and the Japanese alphabet for the Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection of primarily Japanese American newspapers. This collection is provided by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Another unique feature is the ability, via crowdsourcing, for registered users to make corrections to the text that resulted from the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) process. Since digitized newspaper research is primarily dependent on the quality of the original newsprint, which is often over 140 years old, the ability for users to positively contribute to the newspaper index is a useful feature.

Currently, they have about 50 installations of their software. They have provided solutions for the National Libraries in Switzerland, Estonia, Israel, Singapore, and New Zealand. They also have statewide collections in California, Michigan, Colorado, Wyoming, Indiana, Virginia, Illinois, and Washington State. Over 30 universities are currently using Veridian software as well. Adding all their collections together yields over 85 million newspaper pages.

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