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, September 11, 2011

Railroad History Archive - UCONN

I'm a firm believer that when doing genealogy research no stone should be left unturned. You never know where you will find that one missing piece of information that connects a family puzzle.  Here is one place that may not appear to be of value at first, but dig deeper and you may find something through the the resources they link to at  the Railroad History Archive at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut.

http://railroads.uconn.edu/index.html

The archive is comprised mostly  of "individual collections of administrative records, photographs, maps, timetables, ephemera and many other types of archival materials. The collections focus almost exclusively on the history of the railroads of southern New England, particularly the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad." Be sure you also check out the "collections list" for additional records. I must tell you that the University does make it known that "personnel records and worker files were not included in the donation of the corporate records and there is virtually no personal information about the company's workers" in this archive. However,  make sure you click on "Links to Railroad History Resources in the United States."  You will find many links to other railroad resources where you may find something. Some of the links are free resources and some are fee based, such as the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board. They have a fee similar to the NARA for the research.

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