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, March 6, 2009

New York State Library - Digital Collections

Right here in my own back yeard there is a very nice collection of digital documents at the New York State Library in Albany. This is a project that was started in 1995 and has been growing since, although I expect it might not grow too much this year due to the severe budget crunch the state is in. There is some great stuff on thsi site including the book "History of Herkimer County," published in 1879. Also in the towns section are:
Annals of Albany;
Pioneer Days and Later Times In Corning and Vicinity 1789-1920;
Centennial History of the Town of Dryden 1797-1897;
Schuylerville, New York, "The Historical Village";
Portrait and Biographical Record of Orange County, New York;
Troy and Rensselaer County, New York, a History;
Stony Point Illustrated, an Account of the Early Settlement on the Hudson with Traditions and Relics of the Revolution;

From the Colonial Period you'll find "Orderly books, 1759-1760, 1762 / Amos Hitchcock, 1724-1791," The Sir William Johnson papers and much more. This site is excellent, especially if you have any ancestral connections to New York State.

http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/scandocs/historical.htm

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