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 If you find dead links, please let me know so I can update or remove links that are no longer valid.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, March 7, 2009

West Virginia History Digital Collections

The amount of genealogical information on this site is not huge but inpressive in it own right.
The Roy Bird Cook collection of the 31st Regiment of the Cofederate State Army is excellent. The images are "jpg" format and easily viewed with any browser. This collection has over 3000 documents from the regiment that was composed mostly of western Virginia volunteers and served in many major conflicts during the course of the Civil War. You will find orders, accounts, muster rolls, and correspondence, as well as a history of the regiment by James Dell Cooke.
If photographs are of interest to you, the West Virginia History OnView: Photographs From the West Virginia & Regional History Collection is certainly a must. This on line group is supposed to contain about 6,000 photos from a much larger collection. But, I will have to take their word for it. I haven't looked at every one.

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