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 8, 2008

Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives

Just days ago, we once again remembered December 7, 1941. The date and historic event changed the lives of millions of people worldwide. The next day, after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, the United States and Britain declared war on Japan. Just two months later, one particular group of people, Japanese Americans, would find themselves being evacuated and removed to remote locations by Executive Order 9066, signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Nearly 122,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry on the west coast of the United States (but not those in Hawaii) were evacuated from their homes in California, Oregon, and Washington and were sent to "relocation camps." These "Evacuated" families left behind homes, businesses, pets, land, and most of their belongings. Taking only what they could carry. This web site takes a look at these people through their photos, letters, diaries and more. While not specifically genealogical in nature, this site is well worth the time spent to get to know a very special group of people who did nothing to cause their relocation other than being of Japanese descent.
Here's the link.

www.calisphere.universityofcalifornia.edu/jarda/

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