On this Memorial Day, I think about lost loved ones and people that have served our country. As the family historian, I have traced all the way back to my paternal great great great grandfather. Anyone that has ever researched their past knows that ever little piece of information is a celebration. Years ago, my favorite hang out spot was at the National Archives where I literally researched all day long. It was there that I stumbled across his Civil War enlistment papers and I can’t tell you how excited I was! To make it even better, the National Archives copied it and sealed it with a fancy stamp and ribbon.
Which leads me to today- I googled his name and instantly found free information about him at www.findagrave.com. What did I find? Pictures of his grave and the cemetery- a place that I’ve never been. I even left a note and a digital flower. Next, I found family members in the cemetery that I could not find at the National Archives. I learned something new today: people volunteer to visit cemeteries and take pictures of every single head stone and they upload it to the World Wide Web. There are many ancestry search sites that provide free trials and such. I am interested in learning more about free online resources.
Do you know of any free ancestry resources?