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, October 25, 2011

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (Old and Rare Books)

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has a growing digital book collection.  One particular collection caught my eye. This one is filed on their web site as "Old & Rare Books : 900 - History, Genealogy & Geography."
I found family histories, city directories and telephone books, local history, military regimental histories, pension abstracts, DAR lineage books, and more.  If you are looking for material from Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky, this is a good place to start.  The nice thing about this collection is that you have the choice of reading on-line or downloading the book to your own computer in a PDF format. It's free to access and use.

http://virtuallibrary.cincinnatilibrary.org/VirtualLibrary/vl_OldRare.aspx?ResTypeID=12

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Some Vermont Vital Records of the Early 19th Century, 1802-1838

In all my searching Vermont is one state where the number of digital history or on-line genealogy records is quite limited.  The Vermont Historical Society has one collection of early Vermont vital records transcribed from index cards found in two drawers of a filing cabinet at the society. They consist of items relating to Vermont deaths and marriages were compiled by John Elliott Bowman from various newspapers, chiefly dated between 1802-1838, with a single reference to a 1796 issue of the Keene, N.H., Rising Sun, and one of the same year to Spooner’s Vermont Journal. It is not known how extensive the initial research was or if all issues of the listed publications were searched. The site presents a list of the newspapers from which information was gleaned, and time spans represented.
  

This link  takes you to the description page. At the bottom you will find the link to a PDF document you may view on-line or download.
http://vermonthistory.org/index.php/some-vermont-vital-records-transcription.html

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

BLM - Bureau of Land Management

Did your U.S. ancestors buy land from the Federal Government?  You can find out and search by state.  This site contains Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including access to images of more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1820 and the present. The site also has images related to survey plats and field notes as far back as 1810. I checked out the site and searched for a distant relative that I know participated in the "land rush" in the Oklahoma territory and found a digital image of the original document showing that the land was transferred to him.  Currently their mapping feature is not active, but they do promise to have it functional sometime soon. 

http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/

Friday, October 7, 2011

Our Roots - Canada's Local Histories On Line

We're staying in Canada for another post. This one from the Universities of Calgary and Laval in cooperation with a list or organizations too numerous to list here.   Our Roots has nearly 6000 digital texts with nearly 1.5 million pages of information about Canadians and Canada. This one is similar to Google Books and Archive.org and contains books that are out of print or at one time only available in distant collections inaccessible via the Internet. And, yes there are genealogies and many local histories. You can browse or search by title or browse by subject.  It is free, but you will need to register on your first visit.

http://www.ourroots.ca

Sunday, October 2, 2011

New Tecumseth Digital History Site - Ontario, Canada

Here's a small but useful site for those that might have a connection to Tecumseth County in the province of Ontario, Canada.  While concentrating on local history, this site has a genealogy section, too.  The material here focuses on four main settlements: Aliston, Beeton, Tecumseth and Tottenham. In the genealogy section there are three collections of data:
Tombstone Inscriptions St. Paul's Cemetery This one has tombstone inscriptions for all persons buried in St. Paul the Apostle R.C. Cemetery up to and including 1990.
Simcoe County Militia: Rebellion of 1837 - Muster Rolls and Pay Lists of the Volunteers which served in the Simcoe County Militia during The Rebellion of 1837.
Alliston Funeral Register 1885-1908 -This material is from the registers kept from 1885-1908

http://calendar.county.simcoe.on.ca/partners/newteclib/history/index.html

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