Friday, March 5, 2010

FREE Fridays

Fridays are days for fun and what could be more fun than finding something for FREE?  I think that's fun.  :)  So, I'm going to post free genealogical findings for you on Fridays. 

 Today is Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness.  I happen to just love the name of this site.  I smile every time I say it.  The website is  Now those of you who have ever hired a genealogist know that it can be pretty expensive, especially if you have to pay your genealogist to travel because the records you need are not held in any repository other than some tiny, out-of-the-way library or courthouse that just so happens to think dial-up internet is scary.  This is reality.  

Well, I happen to think almost all people interested in genealogy are kind-hearted people who love to help others out.  And this site shows that.  There are people out there, professional genealogists and hobbyists, who are willing to look up information for you for free!  Wouldn't it be nice to get an email containing something like this Arizona tombstone if you lived all the way in Texas?  (My great-grandmother's tombstone).

 They may have access to birth records or town records or they may just be willing to go visit the old family homestead or cemetery and take a picture for you.  Some may ask for you to pay printing or mailing costs if you are requesting a document, but that's nothing compared to having to travel there yourself.  And if you have the desire to help others out, you can volunteer too!  

Now after you have fun with that site, remember to watch the very first show of a new series all about genealogy.  It's Who Do You Think You Are, by and NBC.  It's on at 8/7 pm central time.  So for us out here in AZ, that's channel 12 at 7 pm.

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