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. If you find dead links, please let me know so I can update or remove links that are no longer valid.

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.
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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.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Prairie Settlement - Nebraska Photographs and Family Letters

The collection from the Nebraska Historial Society is actually two collections in one; Solomon D. Butcher photographs and the letters of the Uriah W. Oblinger family.
The photographs were taken from about 3,000 glass plate negatives crafted by Butcher. They actually captured as images the process of settlement in Nebraska between 1886 and 1912. Butcher photographed mainly in the central part of Nebraska in the counties of Custer, Buffalo, Dawson and Cherry. The Oblinger family letters cover such things as land, work, neighbors, crops, religious meetings, problems with grasshoppers, financial problems, and the Easter Blizzard of 1873. Uriah Oblinger came from Indiana to Fillmore County, Nebraska in 1873. Even if you have no family connection, you'll find these fascinating reading.
Here's the direct link to the collections.


Genealogy Lines said...

Thanks for adding the Prairie Settlement link to your great blog. I'm a Nebraska genealogist and my blog is Genealogy Lines .... The Prairie Settlement web site is a glimpse into the past in our plains/prairie state, where life was difficult but the settlers were undaunted. Keep up your great blog!

Jerry said...

You are quite welcome and thanks for visiting my blog.