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

New York State Newspapers

One of the finest free utilities available for researchers with roots in New York State is the site maintained by Tom Tryniski from Fulton in Oswego County, NY. As of this posting, visitors were able to search over 7,486,000 old New York State historical newspaper pages. Initial searches are quite easy. Just type in the key word or surname and select the "search" button. Results will show in the left hand column, with any result selected displayed in a separate column powered by an Adobe ® PDF Reader. More complex searches can be accomplished using the Boolean search option which allows you to narrow the searches down to specific newspapers or localities.


The main search site is located at:

fultonhistory.com

A complete listing of the available newspapers can be viewed at:

Historical Newspapers From New York State

Beware the site does get busy during peak times. Tom reports that in one thirty day period the site experienced nearly 1.5 million hits from more than 125,000 site visitors. So, be patient when things slow down.


While the site is free to use, Tom accepts donations of money and or hard drives. Currently the sites houses all the data on 2.8 terabytes of hard drive space and keeps growing. New material is added every Sunday night.


If at first your search produces little or no results, try again and add or remove key words. You can also try adding quotation marks around several words to search for a specific string of text.

Check it out. This site is wonderful if you are looking for obituaries, published vital stats that appeared in newspapers and of course, news items.


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