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.



Sunday, March 20, 2011

Louisiana Confederate Pension Applications

Louisiana Secretary of State Information Services has available  an index containing over 49,000 names included in pension applications submitted to the Board of Pension Commissioners in that state. The records became part of the archives after the last pension was paid in the 1950's.  About 18,000 applications were microfilmed and were originally only available to researchers who visited the Archives Library. Some years later an index was created to the 152 reels of film. The applications for pensions granted to veterans and widows beginning in 1898 may include service information, occupation, place of residence, and number of children.  In some cases other materials may have been included with applications such as letters, notes, copies of checks, newspaper clippings, court papers of various types, obituaries, and other miscellaneous papers.

An index to the microfilm collection was compiled, data extracted and computer application developed. The index is available on-line. However, there is a fee to obtain a copy of the original document.

http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=637

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