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.



Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Florida Digital Newspaper Library

This collection is housed at the University of Florida - George A. Smathers Libraries.
Currently there are about 50 historic newspapers from the Sunshine State on line. Some of the newspapers date back to the mid 1800s and some are more recent. The searching is quite easy and the viewer provided is quite nice. While there is currently no apparent way to cut and past a portion of the image, like you can do with Adobe Reader, you can save the entire page with a right click of your mouse (on a PC) and do the cropping with your own image editing software such as Paint Shop Pro, Photo Shop or Gimp. Images are in the jpeg format.
This one is also free to access and free to use. I did note that at times the system slows down, probably from student usage at the university.
Here's the link:

www.uflib.ufl.edu/UFDC/?c=fdnl1&m=hsb

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