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 If you find dead links, please let me know so I can update or remove links that are no longer valid.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 25, 2011

Google Books

In a project that started around 2004, the folks at Google, primarily known for the search engine that the Internet community has come to rely upon, began the early stages of digitizing old out-of-print books and making them available through their service. After a few short years, millions of volumes of books and periodicals are now available for viewing and sometimes downloading, especially in the case of out-of-copyright documents. Thanks to this service, from the comfort of your home and Internet connection, you can search through old volumes and registers that up until a few years ago were only accessible after traveling a great distance and manually thumbing through page upon page of old material, in search of your long lost relative.  Try Google Books and see what you find.  You will be amazed.  A word to the wise: be creative with your searching.  I have found that key words in addition to your initial search term really do help in zeroing in on a particular locale, family or period of time in that locale's history.

1 comment:

Jim S said...

I have found a tremendous amount of genealogy information from Google Books. See my blog about Google Books and Genealogy. The blog is about how to structure some queries using the Google Books search engine and some of what I found.