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 If you find dead links, please let me know so I can update or remove links that are no longer valid.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

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

California's Underground Railroad

Some estimate that between 200-300 African Americans were enslaved in the mining areas of California during the gold rush, despite the wide belief that slavery was supposedly banned in the state by the Compromise of 1850. Old newspaper accounts described slave escapes, while ads offer slaves for sale. Even court records list freedom papers and cases involving enslavement. California Indians were also held as slaves during this period. This site, launched originally in 2004 as part of the California State University - Sacremento Library's celebration of Black History Month, offers high quality digital images of letters, journals, photographs, documents, newspapers and more to tell the often overlooked experiences of slaves in the state.
Here's the link:

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