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8/4/2014
Blinded by the expense and inaccessibility of genealogy books and CD-ROMs? Visit these eight Web sites and see how you can access a wealth of data for free.

Over the last few years, data-packed CD-ROMs have hit the genealogy market at a brisk pace. For $20 or $30 a pop, you can buy CDs containing marriage and census indexes, compiled genealogies, military and land records or pioneer biographies.

With luck — and a couple of hundred bucks — you'll find an ancestor or two, or a clue to an earlier generation. But most genealogists can't afford to buy every CD that sounds promising. Fortunately, you have an alternative.

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