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 If you find dead links, please let me know so I can update or remove links that are no longer valid.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, February 13, 2009

Norway - The Promise of America

Norwegian emigration to America and Norwegian American History 1825-2000. The sloop Restauration carried the first Norwegian emigrants from Stavanger to the United States in 1825. This site is bilingual in nature and is a multimedia website featuring a representative selection of Norwegian-American materials. One section that caught my eye features more than 500 letters written between 1850 and 1930. These letters are from the collection of the Norwegian Emigrant Museum, Hamar. Click on the tab "Letters Home." There's an extensive photo collection on the site as well as books and other materials concerning Norwegian emigration to America. Be sure you also visit the tab "Viking at Chicago." It's a rather extensive collection of clippings with biographies and other material printed in the various newspapers. If you have ancestors from Norway, this is a must visit.

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