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.



Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Nebraska Newspapers

By now, most people know I get excited when old newspapers come on line. While I don't have any kin to search for in this area, many do. So, I share with you Nebraska Newspapers, a cooperative project between by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the Nebraska State Historical Society. This site contains searchable full-text of selected newspapers published in the state before 1923. The site plans to present content from more communities and to offer Native American and foreign-language newspapers in the future. 

http://nebnewspapers.unl.edu/

Monday, January 24, 2011

North Dakota - Digital State Archives

There are many different databases available here. Some are on the North Dakota State Archives site and some are links to resources at other Dakota sites including North Dakota State University and the State Historical Society of North Dakota.  You'll find a public death index from 1881 to present, the Dakota Territory 1885 Census, Cass County marriage and probate records, biographies and naturalization records.  It's all free and available at:

http://www.digitalstatearchives.com/north-dakota

Sunday, January 16, 2011

NYS Military Museum and Veterans Research Center

The NYSMMVRC Library and Archive is a great resource for anyone studying New York State military, cultural and social history, and if you are looking for information about New York men and women veterans in federal service.
The physical library and archive features a collection of more than 2000 volumes of military and New York State history; over 5,000 unit and individual soldier photographs; unit history files; broadsides; scrapbooks; letters; armory and unit collections; and maps.  Here is another great resource that is constantly being updated and now some of that vast collection is available for free on line:

Link to the table of contents:
http://dmna.state.ny.us/historic/research/researchIndex.htm

Some of the individual resoruces:

Adjutant General ReportsNew York National Guardsman
New York State Awards, Decorations and Medals
Register of officers whose services terminated prior to Jan. 1, 1858
Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients Affiliated with New York

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Great Britain Newspapers

Here's a nice free resource for those that have need to research in London, Edinburgh and Belfast. Three of the Gazette newspapers archives are on line for free. These cover mostly legal government notices, but do go back 350 years. You never know what's going to turn up here. These notices also include bankruptcies. Check it out.
http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Archive.org - US Census 1790 - 1930

As of the date of this post, this archive had 14,978 items available and it is growing. This is one of the most useful genealogical tools available on the Internet and was once information that we had to pay for or had to use special portals to access. Now, thanks to the scanning of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the US Census is now available for free and the quality of the scans is excellent. I recommend that you select the "read on line option" before you download as this may save you some hard drive storage space. The on line reader is very useful and works flawlessly.

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