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 If you find dead links, please let me know so I can update or remove links that are no longer valid.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

Friday, January 16, 2009

Iowa Digital Library

The Iowa Digital Library is another of the many I have discovered. This one contains more than 200,000 digital objects—photographs, maps, sound recordings and documents—from libraries and archives at University of Iowa and their partnering institutions. Of the many available on the site the following I found to most interesting and have certainly genealogical applications:

1. Civil War Diaries and Letters Digital Collection
2. Mujeres Latinas Digital Collection -the lives and contributions of Latinas and their families to Iowa history
3. Historic Iowa Children's Diaries Digital Collection
4. Hixson Plat Map Atlases of Iowa -Iowa land ownership maps from 1930
and while not genealogical, you might find the Mildred Wirt Benson papers interesting. She's the author of the Nancy Drew novels. Here's where you'll find the collection.


Apple said...

Thanks for sharing all of the links! I personally love library collections.

Randy said...

Couldn't let the Nancy Drew reference go by without sharing this link:

Jerry said...

Thanks for sharing Drew and the Nancy Boys. Fun video.