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, November 16, 2008

Mississippi Digital Library

I am amazed at the number of cooperative projects underway around the country between major universities and state archives providing free access to images of original documents on line. The latest one I discovered is a cooperative project between the University of Southern Mississippi, Delta State University, the University of Mississippi, Tougaloo College, Jackson State University, and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. This one, called the Mississippi Digital Library, includes cemetery tombstone listings with obituaries, marriage listings, oral histories with leading citizens, college yearbooks and other documents. The site also features original images of many letters, including some from John Quincy Adams. One particular item I found quite interesting was the Jefferson Davis Soldier's Home dining hall record. This document includes daily entries listing the food served at each meal during the day and usually includes a brief note of daily activities such as reunions, deaths, visits, and other events. Mississippi Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans started The Jefferson Davis Soldier's Home for Confederate Civil War Veterans and their wives in 1902 on Jefferson Davis' estate, Beauvoir, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Here's the link:

http://www.msdiglib.net/

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