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 If you find dead links, please let me know so I can update or remove links that are no longer valid.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

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Historic Pittsburgh

Today's post is actually part two of one started yesterday, also suggested by Suzie. Historic Pittsburgh combine access to several collections. They are: University of Pittsburgh's University Library System, the Library & Archives at the Heinz History Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Chatham College Archives, and Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. Two areas of this site caught my eye. The first is the "Full Text Collection" and the "Census Records." The text section contains 1025 published works from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries documenting Pittsburgh history. And, of course, you know what census records offer. The Web-based catalog for the Library & Archives of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania (HSWP) at the History Center is also accessible here, but you'll have to plan a trip to the center to actually use the materials. The images section is amazing. Click "Images" on the top menu bar and you'll be taken to the Historic Pittsburgh Image Collection. The site provides access to over 10,500 visual images from forty collections held by the Archives Service Center at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art, Chatham University Archives, the Library & Archives at the Heinz History Center, and the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. History and Genealogy go hand in hand. Check it out at:

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