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.



Saturday, March 14, 2009

University of North Dakota Digital Collections

This collection of free on line digital information comes from the UND Chester Fritz Library and is available in four separate collections.
1. Dakota Student Index, 1888- Searchable index to the Dakota Student, the student newspaper of the University of North Dakota, 1888 to the present. The actual newspapers can be viewed on microfilm in the Department of Special Collections, 4th floor, Chester Fritz Library at UND.

2. E.J. Lander & Co. Land Records Database - This company had real estate, land development and farm management holdings throughout northern North Dakota and Montana. The company, founded in 1883, was headquartered in Grand Forks. Here you will find over 1,500 loan records and 2000 client records, all of which are indexed in this database.

3. Grand Forks County Coroner Certificates - There are over 3,200 certificates, dating from 1882-1989 in this collection. (Please note that the certificates can only be viewed by relatives of the deceased.)

4. Grand Forks County Marriage Licenses -This index contains over 9,700 certificates, dating from November 1875 - June 30, 1925. The database was developed by Special Collections staff using the actual paper licenses and original index ledgers.

These are all databases, and the original documents are not available for viewing. However, they do give you location of the document. So if you need to obtain a copy of the original, you'll know what to ask for.
For more information on how to use the special collections or obtain copies, visit the contact page: Contact Special Collections


Here's the link to the collection:
www.library.und.edu/digital/databases.htm

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