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.



Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Ships List - over 3,500 pages of passenger lists and more

TheShipsList website is one of the "old timers" as web sites go.  It has been online since August 1999.  This site has over 3,500 totally free access web-pages and still growing.  If you are in the U.S., my suggestion is to use this site in tandem with the available ships records on Archive.org to obtain images of the original ship manifests landing in U.S. ports.  TheShipsList also has immigration reports, newspaper records, shipwreck information, ship pictures, ship descriptions, shipping-line fleet lists. In addition to US passenger lists you'll also find  hundreds of passenger lists to Canada, Australia and even some for South Africa.  Word of caution, the search bar at the top does take you to Ancestry.com, a pay site. It's a little time consuming but my suggestion is to either search each individual page or use the Google.com advanced search and let Google limit your search to TheShipsList web site.

[search word or phrase] site:http://www.theshipslist.com

http://www.theshipslist.com/

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