A search engine is being created to help historians find useful sources.

The Connected History project will link up currently separate databases of source materials. Once completed the search engine will index digitised books, newspapers, manuscripts, genealogical records, maps and images that date from 1500-1900.

Currently 12 institutions have signed up to contribute their collections but more are expected to join in the future. The initial partners include the University of Sheffield, the Institute of Historical Research, the University of Hertfordshire and King's College, London.

The first phase of the Connected History project should be completed by March 2011.

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