Preserving the records of a people helps researchers around the world.
The Korea Times reported on a three-year project to create a digital database of genealogical records organized by the Paik Inje Memorial Library at Inje University.
To a family history researcher, any archive may be a goldmine, providing information on relatives not found easily elsewhere. For those whose families have a connection to a specific organization or educational institution, the archives may hold exciting family information.
Even better is that many archives are now digitizing their holdings and making them accessible online.
As just one example, there is Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland, US), which has now made its Alan M. Chesney Medical Archives accessible to anyone around the globe.
Chesney was dean (1929-1953) of the School of Medicine. While he was researching his history of the medical school and hospital, he found many documents which he used to write a three-volume work. Following this, he began pushing for an archival program.
Thanks to his efforts, this archive has, for 30 years, been the historical location for preserving photos, films, documents, personal papers and objects connected with the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health. It has preserved these materials and made them available to researchers.
Here's a photo of the 1897 graduating class - the one female member of the class is absent.
In addition to documents and some 400,000 photos (including thousands of portraits), there are more than 10,000 items in the Material Culture Collections, which include decorative and fine arts, medical illustrations and equipment and memorabilia, such as an early defibrillator. There are also more than 500 collections of personal papers of alumni, faculty and administrators.
The entire catalog will be online, including a large part of its photo collection, biographical and historical information and will also feature online exhibits. The archives staff will also be available through a service which will permit visitors to ask general questions, request assistance or permission to use materials.