Saturday, March 29, 2008

Cyndi's List Highlights Free Stuff

Cyndi Howell announced this week the creation of a new category in Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, "Free Stuff." The new category can be found at Links in the category are divided into these groups:

  • General Resource Sites
  • Charts & Forms to Print or Download
  • Databases
  • Getting Started
  • Software
  • Translation Tools
  • Trial Subscriptions

    There are just under 120 links in the general resource and charts groups. Many of these are census transcription forms. About 70 links are given to free databases. There are 17 links in the remaining groups.

    Of the free databases, the introductory material explains,

    Many databases online are free to search. Some are completely free. Some will return limited results and require that you subscribe for a fee in order to view the complete results or record. Some will supply you with free results, but you will have to pay to order the original source records. Some will require that you register your name and e-mail address in order to view the results. It would be cumbersome for me to list all of the free databases in this section, especially since they are already listed elsewhere on Cyndi's List under the appropriate category headings. [Here] you will find a brief highlight of some of the more popular free databases to get you started online.

    You can show your support for Cyndi's List by using these links. Even though the links lead to free resources, using some of them provides financial support to Howell, who works daily maintaining this wonderful resource which she provides free to the genealogical community.

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