Sunday, May 29, 2011

University of Pennsylvania - On Line Books - Genealogy

The University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) has a robust digital collection of books on line. As of Friday May 27, 2011 the total is over 1 million free books. The link here takes you directly to the genealogy collection. The collection is not restricted to Pennsylvania but also includes books from England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and various states.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Farm, Field and Fireside Collection - Historical Agricultural Newspapers

The Farm, Field and Fireside collection is a group of historically significant U.S. farm weekly newspapers published in the late 1800s to early 1900s. It's housed at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It's another of the many free newspaper collections now available on-line for free.  You can print, download, or e-mail individual articles.  Here's a list of the newspapers currently available:

    Banker Farmer (1913-1927)
    Berkshire World and Cornbelt Stockman (1910-1926)
    Better Farming (1913-1925)
    Chicago Livestock World (1902-1917)
    Chicago Packer (1907-1939)
    Farmers' Review (1879-1918)
    Farmers Voice (1898-1913)
    Farmer's Wife (1906-1939)
    Farm, Field and Fireside (1884-1906)
    Farm, Field and Stockman (1885-1887)
    Farm Home (1899-1920)
    Farm Press (1906-1913)
    Illinois Farmer (1856-1864)
    Lancaster Farming (1955-1981)
    National Rural and Family Magazine (1898-1900)
    Prairie Farmer (1841-1923)
    Western Rural (1868-1883)
    Western Rural and American Stockman (1879-1894)
    Western Rural and Livestock Weekly (1896-1898)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

New York - Putnam County Courier Newspaper

Here's another collection of free local newspaper pages.  This one for the Putnam County Courier, published beginning in 1849, focuses mainly Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester counties in New York and is provided by the Mahopac Public Library.  This is the area in New York between the Hudson River and Danbury Connecticut.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

British Newspapers

Two million pages of 19th century newspapers are now on line. The Penny Illustrated Paper and The Graphic are free of charge. Some portions of this site  are not free and are accessible with a subscription.  But, we'll take whatever is available for free.  The Penny Illustrated Paper was published weekly in London between Oct 12, 1861 - May 24, 1913 and The Graphic, also a London weekly was in print from Jan 01, 1870 - Dec 29, 1900. Both are free to search and access on this site.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive

The Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive (CRBEHA), a project of Washington State University Vancouver, the Idaho State Historical Society, Oregon Historical Society, Washington State Historical Society, and Washington State University Pullman focuses on the story of the region’s ethnic groups, people identified as having African, Asian, European, or Latin American heritage. This digital collection brings together selected highlights of the ethnic collections from leading repositories in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Native Americans are not included in this collection. The CRBEHA focuses on relatively recent migrants to the region, groups with less extensive available archives.