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.

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.



Sunday, October 19, 2008

Google Books

Google has so taken over the lives of just about anyone that uses the Internet these days. Its search engine is one of the best. But, that's not all Google provides. The Google empire is huge. When you visit the main Google search page, be sure you select the small "more.." button at the top of the page. About one third of the way down the list that drops down is Books. Google has been busy scanning millions of old books and new ones too. Some of the older books, especially those no longer protected by copyright are available in full text. Don't overlook this huge resource if you are looking for information, be it genealogical or historical.
I did a quick book search for "vital records" (using the quotes around the text). The search result showed several volumes of Vital Records for individual towns in Massachusetts. These are available in full text view. I think back to the miles and miles I put on my car and various libraries I visited in the past just to get my hands on these books. Now, you can view them in the comfort of your home with the help of your computer. Google is constantly adding new material, so keep checking back. One day you may hit the jackpot.

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