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.



Monday, October 20, 2008

Virginia's Digital Library

Virginia is one of the earliest entry points for immigrants to this country. This collection has more than 6,000 bible records and features a fully searchable index of pre-1880 wills and administrations for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The collection includes more than 2.2 million books, magazines, newspapers, state and Federal publications; county and city government records, state government records, architectural drawings and plans, Bible records, business records, organization records, personal papers, genealogical notes and charts; maps, rare books, broadsides, sheet music, posters, prints and engravings, postcards, paintings, sculpture and photographs. Not all of the information is accessible on-line. Once you search the collection the thing to pay close attention to is the "format" column when the search results display. This is where you will note the words "on line material." This would be the information that you can view or download on line. The files are in uncompressed "tif" formats, so you'll need a program to view those files. Most of the image viewing programs these days do read "tif" files. It's one of the older file formats for images and is still preferred by the printing and publishing industries.


Check it out at: www.lva.virginia.gov

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