Free Genealogy Kindle Books online – you just need to know where to look! Yes that’s absolutely correct there are thousands of books of interest to the genealogists online and they are sitting there waiting for you to download them and they’re FREE!! It sounds almost too good to be true, but believe me it is 100% true. I have found some marvelous and very helpful books and publications online that have been of great help to my genealogy research and I have been able to download them for free. I know that if I did manage to find a copy for sale it would be second hand and very expensive which is why I want to share with you this way of getting online free books which can be of great help to your family history.
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I very rarely buy a “real” book these days I buy Kindle books or download them via my local library website because I can store them on my newly purchased Kindle Fire 7 tablet. I am thrilled with it and because it is so light I can slip it into my bag. I had an ancient iPad until recently, but it died mid Genealogy DNA book on a 7 hour flight – I was not happy as I was just beginning to understand some of the complexities of DNA! I don’t know about you, but I can’t abide being stuck somewhere like the dentist, waiting for a bus or train and not having anything to read. These days magazines are quite expensive at about £5 each and I have to say there aren’t that many I am interested in. So my trusty tablet and kindle books saves me muttering in public like a mad woman about having to wait for buses/trains/dentists etc etc!!
I am sorry if you don’t have a tablet and my harping on annoys you, but stay with me as you can download many of these items to your desktop computer, but obviously you can’t take that round with you whilst on a bus or plane! So for those who do have a iPad, Kindle Fire or some other type of tablet make sure you have downloaded the Kindle App onto it if you need to. Click Here to get the Free Kindle App. You will need to register your Amazon account with the App, but if you don’t have an account then simply register for one – again it doesn’t cost you a thing. Remember when you visit websites other than Amazon to download free books to use on your tablet with the Kindle App to chose Kindle as your download preference or chose a PDF file otherwise it won’t work. If you are downloading to a desktop or laptop computer chose PDF.
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Free Genealogy Kindle Books online – what’s on offer?
I have listed here a few of the books that I have found for free online and downloaded them. If I find they aren’t of use to me then I can simply delete them from my Kindle and they haven’t cost me anything. The books aren’t the latest publications, but that’s the whole point – genealogists are often looking for something which they might find in an archive, but not in a normal bookshop.
- The Handbook to English Heraldry by Charles Boutell (this is a classic on the subject and I was pleased to download this as my paper copy has disappeared on loan to someone!)
- The original lists of persons of quality ….. who went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700 (it has an extremely long title, but I was thrilled to find some ancestors in there)
- The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales
- The visitation of Berkshire, 1664-6
- Bygone Hampshire
- Phillimore Marriages
And the list goes on …….
Free Genealogy Kindle Books online – how to find them
Archive.org is a great favourite of mine and it just keeps getting better. It is so simple to use, just enter your search term in this case Genealogy into the search box and click Go. Like magic 133,576 publications which have been tagged genealogy come up. It feels as if they have everything here from Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah to Phillimore’s Yorkshire Parish Registers. You can fine tune your search by year, subject, topic, collection and a number of other terms. Before you really home into just what you are looking for I do recommend a good browse through the genealogy section – I think you will be surprised what you might find!
Open Library is an offshoot of Archive.org and offers over a million free ebook titles. You may have heard of Project Gutenberg which is a great website to download thousands of free ebooks. However I prefer using Open Library because they are a one stop shop as they have Project Gutenberg’s books as well as the World Cat and thousands of other books that only they hold online.
You may be surprised to hear that Amazon offers free books online, but the first thing you have to know is that going to Amazon and typing in free kindle books isn’t going to find them. You need to use Google who has the doorway into the Amazon Free Book Department. here’s how you do it.
Open up Google and type in site:www.amazon.com “Free in Kindle Store” Family History – doing this will tell Google to go to Amazon Kindle Store, but only look for free Kindle books on genealogy. You can swap the word Genealogy for any other word and it will bring you back free Kindle books on that subject. Think of Google as a very well behaved dog that you have sent off to hunt for a particular bone in a certain place. Warning – When you do your search you may get a few books come up that aren’t free, you will need to check that the book you have on the screen is free for some reason a few books slip past the Google search engine because they have the word free in the description. However the majority of the books you find this way are free.
To give you an idea of what quantity of books are available a search using Family History brings up 10,500 books. You can enter any term to replace Family History, but remember that Google isn’t searching inside the book so if you put in an ancestors name you are unlikely to find anything. But if you wanted some background information on the War of Independence or 1066 Battle of Hastings. Then these will bring up good results of large number of free books.
I couldn’t write this article without mentioning a great favorite of all genealogists – FamilySearch – they have placed online over 350,000 genealogy and family history publications. Not only have they digitised items that are out of copyright from their own family history library, but they have scanned books from fifteen other libraries and archives. Some years ago I spend two blissful days sitting on a stool in the British section of the printed books and pamphlets area of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City working my way through all the publications held at for the counties that my ancestors lived in. I think I wore their carpet out running from library shelf to photocopier! And now I can do that from the sofa at home – wonderful.
Free Genealogy Kindle Books online – Summary
Can you see why I wanted to tell you about the free genealogy kindle books online? As you can tell I am a great fan of downloading online books and material to store and use on a tablet. I read that more and more people are using a tablet in preference to a desk top or lap top computer to do their genealogy. As a blog owner I am being told constantly by Google etc that everything on my site must be configured for all types of computers both big and small. I certainly prefer taking my tablet rather than my much heavier laptop into an archive on the rare occasion I need to visit one these days (three cheers for online records!).
Do go and see what you can find at Archive.org, Open Library, Amazon and FamilySearch I think you will be very pleasantly surprise.
If you don’t have a tablet and are considering buying one I can recommend my one. It is a Fire 7 Tablet 16GB and is available from Amazon.
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