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 If you find dead links, please let me know so I can update or remove links that are no longer valid.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.
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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.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Digital Past - North Suburban Library System in Illinois

Digital Past, which I found at the North Suburban Library System in Illinois, has a superb collection of digital documents. It's a little difficult to figure ouot at first because they don't show a list if the specific collections. But don't let this deter you. With a little exploring, it didn't take me long to find a system that worked for me. Searches a massive collection of photographs, postcards, diaries, oral histories, documents, movies, interpretive exhibits, and other historical materials from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural venues throughout Illinois.
I suggest that if you are in search of a particular family line, start by browsing with a Proper Names. If you know a particular company or organization that plays a role in your family line, then browse by Organization, followed by a particular City if you know where the family lived in Illinois.
Here's the link:

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