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 If you find dead links, please let me know so I can update or remove links that are no longer valid.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

Monday, December 22, 2008

Cook County, Illinois Genealogy

This is a very helpful site for those with roots in the Chicago area or with relatives that lived there are may have passed through. While the actual documents are not on line, their datebases available make searching their records a breeze. Once you find the person and record number, you can order the original document from the county. You can search birth certificates, marriage licenses and death certificates. You'll need to register with your name and email address and create a password once you have read and agreed to the terms. Other than that, the site is free to search. Records here go back 136 years, starting in 1872.

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