I am completely jazzed about the just-released Google Patent Search. This is a great improvement over the USPTO search engine, which still will be necessary to search patent applications.
What's especially wonderful is that Google has OCRed patents issued prior to 1976, making them searchable by surname, hometown, etc. If not for this development, I never would have known about Alford E. Jarvis' Method of Producing Human-Hair Scenery and Ornaments.
My invention relates to an improvement in a method of producing hair scenery and ornaments, and has for its object the preservation of the hair of a dead relative or friend in an artistic manner for making artistic hair-work.