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.



Saturday, November 26, 2011

California's San Fernando Valley Digital Archives

The Oviatt Library at the Californian State University at Northridge has several collections that are worthy of consideration as genealogy sources.  Two collections in particular stand out: San Fernando Valley History Digital Library and Latino Cultural Heritage Digital Archives. The first contains, images and historical documents from public and private collections in the San Fernando Valley. It covers the valley from the early 19th century through the end of the 20th century. The Latino digital collection is a portion of a larger collection at the library  and provides access to materials that "document the experiences of Latino/Chicano leaders and organizations of the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley area."
http://digital-library.csun.edu/LatArch/

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Great Britain - Internet Library of Early Journals

The Internet Library of Early Journals is an interesting site of older newspapers from Great Britain and is a project developed by the Universities of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Oxford. Its goal was to digitize substantial runs of 18th and 19th century journals and was first completed in 1999. No new material has been added since. The  collection includes runs of at least 20 consecutive years of the following journals: Gentleman's Magazine, The Annual Register, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Notes and Queries, The Builder and Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine.
There's not a great deal of genealogical information here but interesting reading none the less.
http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/ilej/

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Dig Memphis - The Digital Archive of the Memphis Public Library & Information Center

Dig Memphis is the digital archive made available free on line by the Memphis Public Library & Information Center. Memphis and Shelby County Room has a huge collection of local history and is now making some of its collection available digitally. They are adding new items regularly, so check back frequently. There are several sub collections; two in particular caught my eye: German Heritage and the Arthur Webb Collection. The first looks at German immigrants in Memphis from the 19th and 20th century. The Webb collection contains materials collected by the author who was a journalist, genealogist and historian, specializing in local African-American history. He died in 2006 but his collection of information is now available on-line. Those are only two of the many available. If your family has any connection to early Memphis on either side of the river, do visit this site.

http://memphislibrary.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/

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