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 If you find dead links, please let me know so I can update or remove links that are no longer valid.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

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Woodson Research Center - Rice University

The Woodson Research Center at Rice University in Houston Texas has a huge amount of original documents on line, a great deal of which really don't relate to genealogy. However, deep within its digital library available on line you'll find this collection which makes the following documents (original scans) available to view on line, for free and without cost.

* Anne Marie Stewart Turner letters, 1857-1913
* Broun family U.S. Civil War papers, 1854-1888
* Charlotte and Maximilian Collection, 1846-1927
* Dillingham Family papers, 1858-1958
* Early Houston histories and documents
* General George Cullum Civil War Letter, 1861
* Illuminated Sacred Music Manuscripts
* James F. Grimes U.S. Civil War letters, 1863-1864
* John A. Dix Civil War Pass and Letter, 1862, 1869
* John Brown letter, 1862
* John C. Crosby U.S. Civil War Diary
* John Campbell Personal Papers, 1820-1906
* John Wyatt Moody biographical papers
* Lamar travel journal
* Libby Prison Inmate U.S. Civil War Letter, 1864
* Neumann Family Papers, 1850-1955
* Presentations and Publications by Woodson Research Center staff
* Southwestern Archivist Newsletter
* Texas City disaster records

Check it out at this link:

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