Civil War resources available free on for June has opened up all their content relating to the Civil War for free access throughout June.  From their website: has worked with the US National Archives to bring millions of original records to the Internet for the first time. Civil War records that feature everything from personal accounts to historic writings that would shape a nation. Explore vivid details of Civil War battles through maps and photos. Get a personal picture of the war through Union and Confederate soldier service records, pension files, and more.

Go to to search and browse the collection of records, photos, maps, and documents.

Newspaper archives currently free on

I’ve posted about on this blog in the past – a vast and growing online resource of documents relating to US history, uploaded both from the National Archives and also contributed by members of the site. Much of the content is only available to view with a subscription, but there is quite a bit that’s free. This month, footnote are offering all their newspaper archives for free – go to: to search or browse the archives and click through to page images. Note that you may need to sign up with the site to view the actual page images, and the archives of each newspaper are not necessarily complete.

US genealogical research: Social Security Death Index 1937- available

For those interested in genealogical research in the US, (working in co-operation with NARA) has made freely available a database of over 80 million profile pages of people found in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI). You can access:

  • Deceased individuals with social security numbers whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration (1937- current)
  • Birth date
  • Death date
  • Last known residence
  • Member-added information, like maps, pictures, documents, sources, facts and more

It is updated weekly. To access it directly, go to – digitised material from NARA contains 4.5 million pages of material that has been digitised in a partnership with NARA. Oxford doesn’t have a subscription, but even without a personal or institutional subscription you can freely access much digitised NARA material:

  • American Colonization Society papers
  • American Milestone Documents (incl. e.g. Gettysburg address 1863, 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Act, 1954 McCarthy, etc.)
  • Ratified Amendments to the US Constitution
  • Domestic Letters of the Department of State, 1785-1865
  • Brady Civil War Photos
  • Lincoln’s Assassination Papers
  • Pennsylvania Archives
  • Southern Claims Commission
  • George Washington Correspondence
  • Constitutional Convention Records
  • Continental Congress papers
  • Foreign Letters of the Continental Congress

If you want to make use of the annotation, commenting, sharing and saving features, you can create a free account.