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.



Sunday, January 25, 2009

Massachusetts Archives - Boston Passenger Manifest (1848-1891)

This link takes you directly to a sub menu of the Massachusetts Archives for Boston Passenger Manesfests.
They started keeping records of immigrants who arrived by ship through the port of Boston in January of 1848. That process continued until July of 1891, when the federal government took over the record keeping process. While there were arrivals at other Massachusetts ports, the Massachusetts Archives holds manifests for BOSTON ONLY. The MA Archives holds the original manifests as well as the only microfilm copy available of these Passenger manifests. This online search will pull up a transcript from those records, not the original document. Still this site can be a helpful aid to the researcher who's family may have entered the country through the Port of Boston.
If you select "Home" from the top menu, you'll be taken back to the home page of the Massachusetts Archives, where you'll also find:
Massachusetts Archives Collection Database (1629-1799) and and Index to Vital Records (1841-1910)

www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/PassengerManifestSearchContents.html

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