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I love books. I love  genealogy, and I really love things that are free. These are some of my favorite
sites to locate free books. Maybe one of them  could possibly help your with your family history.free books

  1. Google Books -books.google.com If you find an old publication you may be able to download it as a pdf. Best time frame for these free books is before 1900.
  2. FamilySearch http://books.familysearch.org – or go to the  Search Tab and go to the Book Search. This currently contains mostly family surname books  so search your surname to see if your family  published a book, or if your surname has been included in one.  These are digitized and readable online, some are even free to download.
  3. Internet Archive at archive.org is a gold mine of  many things. One great search is in the ‘Text’ section. Among its many features is the American Libraries Collection which contains over 1000 family histories, and hundreds of city directories. These are free to search, view online or download.
  4. Cyndi’s List at http://www.cyndislist.com/books/ebooks also has hundreds of free eBooks which can be read online
  5. HathiTrust Digital Library at http://www.hathitrust.org has millions of books. While some are a limited search, others have a full view of the book. My search for Quaker’s of North Caroline returned 16 books, 6 were completely viewable volumes. It is definitely worth taking a look.
  6. HeritageQuest is online and available at most libraries. You access it  through your library site, using your  library card. Downloading is limited to 50 pages, however, I have then gone back in and downloaded the next 50 pages when I  had a larger book.
  7. OpenLibrary at openlibrary.org has over 1 million free eBooks available. Make sure you check’ eBooks only’, or you will find hard bound books for purchase.
  8. Don’t forget the Wiki at FmilySearch.org. Go to the State or Country you are researching and click on the link to their archives and libraries. This is where you will find, among many other things, the free digital collects that particular library offers online.

February is a great month to stay indoors and read a book. I hope you can locate a helpful one through one of these websites.

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