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.



Friday, February 6, 2009

Darlington Digital Library - University of Pittsburgh

Today’s entry comes from a tip submitted by Suzie Johnston, one of the regular readers of this blog. She points out the wonderful collection at The University of Pittsburgh – The Darlington Digital Library. This library which is a “work in progress” focuses on history and the people of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio from the 1700s to the late 1800s. The majority of this collection of books, images, broadsides, atlases, and manuscripts came from William M. Darlington who collected items that related to the settlement of colonial America, local history, and the manners and customs of American Indians. His collection also included books on the history of Pittsburgh and by Pittsburgh authors. There are two links associated with this collection. The first is a direct link to the collection at the University of Pittsburgh and the second is to the archive.org site where scans from this collection are also searchable. I'll talk about a couple other Western Pennsylvania sites she reccommends in tomorrow's post.

1. digital.library.pitt.edu/d/darlington/index.html
2.www.archive.org/details/university_pittsburgh

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