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Discover your European heritage like never before with historical maps, images and contextual insights.
million exclusive European records
European countries & counting
years of European history
We are introducing a new ground-breaking technology that makes historical, handwritten documents searchable by semantically extracting their content. This allows us to quickly roll out new archival sources that used to take years to index before.
We are not only making content availabe online – we are also digitizing parts of it with our proper hardware. It is our contribution to the conservation of cultural heritage. Learn more here.
IntoThePast is an intuitive and easy-to-use genealogy platform that empowers anyone with an interest in their past – from beginners right through to more experienced researchers. This is achieved by enabling access to a wealth of European records and documents, many of which have never previously been digitally available and are exclusive to the site. On top of this, IntoThePast unlocks a variety of fascinating handwritten sources, by using groundbreaking technology to make them easily searchable for the first time.
IntoThePast believes that:
Genealogy can be complex but the research tools used should be simple and accessible, so that our users can focus on discovering more about the people and stories that interest them most. IntoThePast is powered by a groundbreaking new technology to make the experience of studying the past as intuitive and enjoyable as possible. For users, IntoThePast:
IntoThePast helps users discover more about the life of their ancestors, through not only blood or legal relatives, but also neighbours, communities or the local history of the time. The platform can show relevant maps, statistics and facts about a user’s family and circles, ranging from life expectancy, migration flow or countries of origins. While finding European records is the key feature of the platform, IntoThePast is more than just a search engine for archives or another family tree tool. Giving context to the research opens up a whole new way for our users to look at their lineage, helping them see a clearer picture of the past.
IntoThePast wants to empower anyone with an interest in genealogy – whether experts or beginners – by giving them better tools to work with and better access to the records they need. The platform is open to anyone who has an interest in history and the story of their family, wherever in the world they might be based.
Online access to continental European records has so far been very limited and challenging. One of IntoThePast’s contributions to the genealogy world is that it is opening the gate to exclusive and non-exclusive European archival treasures. Furthermore, much of the handwritten content available online has been previously impossible to make sense of since it had not been made searchable. By using groundbreaking machine learning technology, IntoThePast is set to change this. The types of documents available via IntoThePast include: birth and death records, passports, letters, diaries and more.
IntoThePast is part of the Qidenus Group, home to Qidenus Technologies, a global leader in archives digitization and SearchInk, a groundbreaking machine learning technology. The platform is a trusted, long term partner of some of Europe’s and the world’s most prestigious archives and libraries and the team is as diverse as it is passionate: we understand how important our roots are to both common and individual identities.
HTR stands for Handwritten Text Recognition. It is a technology that enables a software to ’read’ handwritten documents and then translate lines and pixels into letters and words. IntoThePast is powered by the technology product SearchInk, which not only enables the machine to read handwritten records but goes one step further by enabling users to search for a specific term (such as a family name) as well as understand the context and format of a document. SearchInk achieves this via machine learning, meaning that the algorithm is continuously improving and updating itself in order to become even more accurate.