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 9, 2008

Washington State Digital Archives

This is a very robust collection located in the state of Washington and is unique because it combines not only records from the various state agencies, but also from the counties and towns.
You can view the results using the special DjVu Browser Plug-in from LizardTech to view the images, but they provide a link to easily download the special reader to your computer. I had difficulty getting the link to work. But, if that doesn't work you can view the results as a jpg image. There's also information in the site about ordering paper copies and the costs. However, the on-line data is free to access and free to use.
The link:
http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/

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