July 2003, V2#7: Genealogy Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

While becoming that student of history we have already suggested, is your lost ancestor in America during the time the US was giving out free land to it’s citizens?  If so, your next stop should be the homestead records!  This little utilized collection of documents and information is housed at the national archives and has not been reproduced or indexed in any wide reaching way.  The Homestead National Monument has begun exploring the best way to augment NARA general paper preservation process by replicating them in Nebraska.

August 2004, V3#8: Computer Thursday, Dec 25 2008 

Take a visit to the US National Archives.  They are making more and more available online.  While this will never take the place of research trips, there are lots of things to help you out.  For instance, several of their printed publications are available in their entirety online free of charge.