It all began when I first discovered there was a company selling books on CD that had genealogical or historical relevance to those into genealogy.

As I browsed through their list of various titles, priced from $8.95 and up, I realized that many of the books they were offering were under public domain.  What was more frustrating was that I knew many of the books this particular company was selling were available elsewhere online for viewing or downloading absolutely free!

At first I considered starting up a little ebay business doing the same thing this company was doing; simply locating potentially useful books that had fallen into public domain and burn them to a CD.  But after a little bit of thought I said to myself, “Self, wouldn’t you prefer to simply have access to these matierals for free rather than having to pay for them, not knowing that they were available to you at no charge?”

Enter The Cheap Genealogist.  I hope to use this blog as a place to discuss the places I have found free or inexpensive genealogical resources.  I’ll probably also use it as a soapbox for sharing some of my own personal family tree related struggles and triumphs.


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