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 If you find dead links, please let me know so I can update or remove links that are no longer valid.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

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Memphis Public Library Digital Archives

The Memphis and Shelby County Room of the Memphis Public Library & Information Center was established in 1971 and houses thousands of books, reports and pamphlets, 600 maps, 12,000 photographs, and hundreds of oral histories. It is also where you will find the Memphis Information File, which contains over four hundred thousand vertical files of newspaper and magazine articles, pamphlets, manuscript collections which include correspondence, photographs, maps, financial records, contracts, and newspaper clippings of individuals and organizations.  The digital version which we link to here contains a small portion of this vast collection.  But, the fact that it is available digitally is worth noting and will give you hours of interesting reading and perhaps even some informaiton you may not have had access to previously.

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