Genealogists and family historians love books. We’re always on the look out for the newest How To’s on research, or new sources on our German and Irish ancestry or histories on the locations where our ancestor‘s lived. You name it, if a book hints at helping us with genealogy research we want it. The only problem is that most of us don’t have a blind trust or bottomless pockets to fill up our book shelves with all the reading material we’d love to study. Many of us have to settle for requesting these books as birthday or Christmas gifts. Yet I’ve compiled quite a collection of Civil War books to keep me occupied for sometime and all for free.
How did I accumulate a vast stockpile without breaking the bank? It’s simple – ebooks. Most of us know there are a lot of free ebooks available but haven’t taken the time to peruse what’s out there. Maybe you thought the only freebies available were short pamphlet size periodicals or romantic fiction. Not so! A search on any of the easily recognizable programs will reveal some valuable reading material for your research or a particular area of study. Typing in “Free Civil War books” in an app’s search bar will have you downloading faster than you can say “my great great grandfather fought in the Civil War.” So let’s take a look at what’s out there.
First thing is a short investigation of Kindle, Nook, iBooks, etc. to help you select the best app for the operating system you use. Remember if you’re new to e-readers and apps,you don’t have to own the device the app is associated with. I have the Kindle reading app and Google Play on my iPad. I don’t need a Kindle Fire to use the Kindle app or an Android operating system to use Google Play. My preferred e-reader app is Kindle. I have it installed on all my devices from laptop, tablet to phone. (Actually I don’t read on my phone. The print is too small for me but if it works for you I envy your good eye sight!) Like I said earlier investigate the apps and choose the best one for you and your device. Once you’ve got an app you’re ready to search. So let’s find some great reading that costs you nothing.
Searching for free ebooks on Kindle is as easy as going to Amazon’s website or just clicking on the Search bar with the little magnifying glass in your app. I typed in Free Civil War books and got a list of three pages with more than 42 titles. Just be aware the last few books listed were not free. Those listed ranged from Reminiscences of a Rebel by Wayland Fuller Dunaway, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg Campaigns of the Civil War – VI by Abner Doubleday to The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865 by Leander Stillwell. In particular I want to read about the army life of the common soldier so I downloaded that one. Who am I kidding? In fact I downloaded a number of them! I’m all about understanding daily life in the 1860s from civilian to military life. So I was thrilled to see these titles. Lots of good reading here with Kindle and it’s all free! Continue reading