GENEALOGY AND HISTORY SITES THAT ARE FREE TO ACCESS AND FREE TO USE

Hard to find but free places where you can research genealogy on line, without having to pay. Your comments and feedback are welcome to any post. If you find dead links, please let me know so I can update or remove links that are no longer valid.

About me: Jerry E. Reed
First and foremost, I am a seasoned voice talent and media/public relations specialist with many other interests. I have been helping businesses with their narrations, presentations, commercials, and more all of my adult life.
For more information about Jerry Reed - Voice Talent visit:
http://jerryreed.com

I am also a genealogist, a
n avid photographer, and artisan bread baker.
My genealogy interest began before personal computers were a family "must have." Personal genealogy computer research has blossomed in the past 15 years. It wasn't long before someone decided that they could charge for information that should be free and in the public domain. I have always been frustrated by that. Now, thousands and thousands of pages of useful facts are coming on line daily in free-to-access digital archives located all over the world. So, I'm constantly searching for new sources of free on line material. Blog updates follow this section and all links are added to the master list below the new posts.
Updates are posted when
I discover another new source or when something I have already reviewed gets a major update.
Have fun and enjoy.
Note: if you find a link no longer works, please let me know so I can research and update it.



Monday, April 11, 2016

Buffalo History Museum - Buffalo Address Book & Family Directory

Buffalo History Museum - Buffalo Address Book & Family Directory This collection of images of city directories for Buffalo start about 1883 and includes various directories up to about 1915. In addition this additional site lists other repositories of Buffalo directors. However, some of them have paid access, not free. Click here to visit that site:

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Massena NY/Cornwall Ontario - Obituaries, Tombstones

Massena NY/Cornwall Ontario - Obituaries, Tombstones This site has thousands of searchable images of obituary notices and tombstones from the early 1900 to 2008 from the Massena New York and Cornwall Ontario area.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Morris NY Digital Library (Newspaper and Church Records)

Historical records from the Morris NY Library collection. This library in Otsego County New York has available on-line and searchable, many years of the village's newspapers, The Morris Chronicle and the Otsego Chronicle as well as some church records from the Zion Episcopal Church.
http://morris.advantage-preservation.com/

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Pennsylvania Newspapers

This site is actually a blog that outlines several different sites where Pennsylvania newspapers are available digitally.  It's a good read and has some useful information.
Pennsylvania Newspapers

Friday, April 19, 2013

Historic Oregon Newspapers.

The Oregon Digital Newspaper Program (ODNP) is a digital historic Oregon newspaper project. This site makes historic Oregon newspapers freely available to the public through a keyword-searchable online database. The initial phase of the program concentrated on newspapers published between 1860 and 1922 and brought approximately 150,000 pages freely available online in its first two years (2009-2011). Now, in 2013,  the collection totals 365,000 pages.  
Historic Oregon Newspaper Program 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

New York Heritage Digital Collection

New York Heritage is a project of the  NY3Rs Association, Inc. and provides free access to more than 170 distinct digital collections, totaling hundreds of thousands of items. The resource should be bookmarked as it's one where you could spend hours reading a researching.
http://nyheritage.org/

Saturday, November 26, 2011

California's San Fernando Valley Digital Archives

The Oviatt Library at the Californian State University at Northridge has several collections that are worthy of consideration as genealogy sources.  Two collections in particular stand out: San Fernando Valley History Digital Library and Latino Cultural Heritage Digital Archives. The first contains, images and historical documents from public and private collections in the San Fernando Valley. It covers the valley from the early 19th century through the end of the 20th century. The Latino digital collection is a portion of a larger collection at the library  and provides access to materials that "document the experiences of Latino/Chicano leaders and organizations of the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley area."
http://digital-library.csun.edu/LatArch/

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Great Britain - Internet Library of Early Journals

The Internet Library of Early Journals is an interesting site of older newspapers from Great Britain and is a project developed by the Universities of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Oxford. Its goal was to digitize substantial runs of 18th and 19th century journals and was first completed in 1999. No new material has been added since. The  collection includes runs of at least 20 consecutive years of the following journals: Gentleman's Magazine, The Annual Register, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Notes and Queries, The Builder and Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine.
There's not a great deal of genealogical information here but interesting reading none the less.
http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/ilej/

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Dig Memphis - The Digital Archive of the Memphis Public Library & Information Center

Dig Memphis is the digital archive made available free on line by the Memphis Public Library & Information Center. Memphis and Shelby County Room has a huge collection of local history and is now making some of its collection available digitally. They are adding new items regularly, so check back frequently. There are several sub collections; two in particular caught my eye: German Heritage and the Arthur Webb Collection. The first looks at German immigrants in Memphis from the 19th and 20th century. The Webb collection contains materials collected by the author who was a journalist, genealogist and historian, specializing in local African-American history. He died in 2006 but his collection of information is now available on-line. Those are only two of the many available. If your family has any connection to early Memphis on either side of the river, do visit this site.

http://memphislibrary.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (Old and Rare Books)

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has a growing digital book collection.  One particular collection caught my eye. This one is filed on their web site as "Old & Rare Books : 900 - History, Genealogy & Geography."
I found family histories, city directories and telephone books, local history, military regimental histories, pension abstracts, DAR lineage books, and more.  If you are looking for material from Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky, this is a good place to start.  The nice thing about this collection is that you have the choice of reading on-line or downloading the book to your own computer in a PDF format. It's free to access and use.

http://virtuallibrary.cincinnatilibrary.org/VirtualLibrary/vl_OldRare.aspx?ResTypeID=12