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.



Monday, April 25, 2011

Wyoming - American Heritage Center - University of Wyoming

The American Heritage Center is the University of Wyoming's collection of manuscripts, rare books, and materials from the university archives. Of particular interest here is the "Digital Collection" containing thousands of photographs and documents, plus motion picture and audio recordings. 


The collection list is vast, but  the following caught my eye:

Swan Company Records
Thaddeus Capron Family Papers
Morton E. Post Family Papers
James Bertenshaw Family Letters
Wyoming Stock Growers Association Records
Zdenek Salzmann Arapaho Indian Research
Beck Family Papers
Wyoming Pioneers Oral History Project
Alcott Farrar Elwell Scrapbook
Branding Iron (Laramie Wyo.) Records
J.S. Pittenger Letters
James K. Moore Family Papers
Buffalo Bill collection  

Friday, April 22, 2011

Yukon Genealogy

My first exposure to the Yukon was a TV program I watched as youngster - Sgt. Preston of the Yukon (and his wonder dog King). I also once owned one square inch of land in the Yukon complements of Quaker Oats.  I guess the deeds were never filed, so my fortune in Yukon gold is long gone.  But there were many that went west to find gold in the Yukon.  This site "follows the lives of those who came after the Klondike stampede." Yukon Archives includes material from the Dawson Museum and other records of the brave people that settled there. The site makes available a search engine that draws from eight separate databases. They have been compiling this data since 2002.

http://www.yukongenealogy.com/content/ykgen_db.htm

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Jacksonville Republican - Northwest Alabama Newspaper

More and more historical newspapers are showing up on line in digital collections.  The Jacksonville Republican first appeared in print in 1837 and was published almost continuously until 1904. There was a short break at the end of the Civil war. It is one of the oldest newspapers in Northeast Alabama. This collection is housed at the The Houston Cole Library, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville Alabama.  This digital archive contains issues from the beginning of publication to December 1895.

http://www.jsu.edu/library/collections/jacksonville_republican.html

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.  

http://memphislibrary.contentdm.oclc.org/index.php

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Digital Collections at the Connecticut State Library

This collection featuring materials from the library, the Museum of Connecticut History, and the state archives is quite robust and contains many sub-collections. The following caught my attention:

Personal and Family Vital Records
Newspapers of Connecticut
Religious History
Town History

http://cslib.cdmhost.com/index.php

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