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, 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.

http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/browse?type=lcsubc&key=Genealogy

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)


http://www.library.illinois.edu/dnc/Default/Skins/FFF/Client.asp?Skin=FFF&AW=1305889561870&AppName=2

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. 

http://www.localarchives.org/mahopac/Default.aspx

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.

http://newspapers.bl.uk/blcs/dispBasicSearch.do?prodId=BLCS&userGroupName=blcsuser

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.
http://archive.vancouver.wsu.edu/crbeha/browse.htm

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