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 2, 2008

Westchester County New York - Archives

Here you'll find some scanned copies of documents from the county's archives, including Washington Irving's will. In case you forgot, he's the author of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle." But, perhaps the best resource found here is the "Records of Veterans from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish-American War and World War I, and Cemetery Maps." These records were made possible through a Work Projects Administration project in late 1930s; While the source(s) for information recorded for each veteran are not available or even known, each index card contains such information as "place and date of birth, record of service, commendations, hometown, cause and date of death, and burial site." Of course with a project of this type, the amount of information available varies. But, it's a great place to start, if your family has origins in the county or passed through. Also included are maps of cemeteries with graves of veterans and war served in marked, but stops short of putting a name on the cemetery map. It's still a very handy source of information.
Here's the link:
www.westchesterarchives.com/HT/muni/wca/wca.html

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