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Tell about your favorite free or low-cost genealogy resources, online and off. Explain why it's a favorite and how it's been helpful in your research.

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The Old Fulton site that you mention is a wonderful resource for the entire state of New York, with more than 12 million searchable historic newspaper pages.
Oooh, Thomas, thanks! I'm a sucker for free newspaper websites!

Thomas MacEntee said:
My absolute favorites and necessary for anyone researching 19th and 20th century upstate New York ancestors:

Northern New York Historical Newspapers ( - free digitized newspapers for Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties

Old Fulton Postcards ( - free digitized newspapers for Mohawk Valley and Finger Lakes newspapers and more!
I recently found which is listing resources available in some Indiana counties, especcially helpful for my Switzerland county ancestors.

I also love the obvious I have found many Ohio death certificates here (of course I found them right after I ordered a couple from the Ohio Historical Society.)
For a "home front" look at the U.S. Civil War, visit Bits of Blue and Gray. It is FREE and has a wealth of information that Ancestry and others only wish they had. [grin]

Happy Dae·
Wow! I love all the comments and posts so far. Along the line of Ruby's post about Mid-Continent, the Boston Public Library allows out of state people to apply for a Library Card. When I was there last in 2006, I applied for free. It does not let you check out books, but does give you access to their online databases including The Boston Globe online. You need to be present to apply for the card, however, as they need to see your driver's license. But, when in should apply!
Is this true now? It has not been true for the prior 18 months. I was in Boston for about 1 week each month for 18 months, they would not allow me to get a library card that would allow me to login to their databases from home. If this is really true, please let me know how to do it - perhaps you are a professional and that is the answer? Or you have a work address of some kind in Boston? Please let me know.

My favorite is the Norwegian Digital archive,

1. it is free, no charges
2. it contains more or less all church books and censuses in Norway, as well as emigration records and many other items
3. it is growing all the time, adding new resources

For my research it has been very valuable to be able to access churchbooks whenever I need to look at an entry.
If you have Norwegian ancestors or cousins, you might like Gravminner i Norge, Norwegian gravestones.

Caroline Pointer said:
I really like using It's not complete, but sometimes you can find some very useful genealogical clues.
Those with French-Acadian / Louisiana roots should definitely check out:

You can find burial, baptism, and marriage records, including original images.
The Missouri State Archives has digital images of death certificates (over 50 years old) from 1910 through 1958 (currently). This is an ongoing project, so additional years will be added as they get them imaged and indexed. Here's the link: .
Thanks Cricket. I have ancestors from Missouri, but haven't done a lot of research on them. Already found a certificate for my 3rd great grand uncle :)
thanks for this link found my great great grandfather =)



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