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.



Monday, December 29, 2008

Europeana.eu

While this site is still in its beta testing state and may not always operate correctly, I believe it's worth listing here for its vast resources and potential as a great place to start your European Genealogy research. Rather than paraphrase what the site is all about I have included a quote from their "About Us" page.
"Europeana.eu is about ideas and inspiration. It links you to 2 million digital items.
* Images - paintings, drawings, maps, photos and pictures of museum objects
* Texts - books, newspapers, letters, diaries and archival papers
* Sounds - music and spoken word from cylinders, tapes, discs and radio broadcasts
* Videos - films, newsreels and TV broadcasts
Some of these are world famous, others are hidden treasures from Europe's
* museums and galleries
* archives
* libraries
* audio-visual collections"
When this is fully functional, this is going to be at the top of my list of great places to do research. Fair warning, some of the archives are in the native language of the country of origin, so you may need an interpreter for those that are not in English. Check it out:

www.europeana.eu/portal/index.html

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