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:
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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, February 17, 2009

Fordham University Digital Collections

For genealogy, the digital online collections of universities are a great resource. However, often overlooked are the collections of college newspapers and image collections. Take for instance, Fordham University located in the Bronx of New York City. The Fordham University library has class photographs from some of the earliest graduating classes, starting in 1865. The collection is complete through 1918, when they started publishing yearbooks. In addition, some of the the college student newspapers are on line, specifically the Ram - Fordham Rose Hill student newspaper from 1918 – 1971 and the Observer - Fordham Lincoln Center student newspaper from 1982 – 2007. You may also want to check out the Fordham Photograph Collection featuring historical photographs from Fordham's early years, including old campus views, students, and faculty. While you're there take a look at the Maps of New Netherland, New Amsterdam, and New England. The collection is from 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.

www.library.fordham.edu/catalogs/digitalcollections.html

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