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Thursday, July 24, 2008

FREE ACCESS TO FBI CASE FILES

Dick Eastman is reporting that Footnote.com will provide limited-time free access to FBI case files for the period 1908-1922. Why is that significant for genealogists? Because the files includes thousands of investigations of non-resident aliens and "persons of suspect loyalty", that's why! Read the full story here:

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From the Footnote.com press release:

"In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the FBI, Footnote.com announced their entire collection of FBI Case Files will be freely accessible by the public through the end of August. The collection contains over two million records featuring some very surprising hidden stories.

A few examples include, J. Edgar Hoover opening an investigation into actor Charlie Chaplin for allegedly making a contribution of $100,000 for socialist propaganda. Baseball great Babe Ruth was investigated for draft dodging and newspaper mogul William Randolph Hurst was investigated for suspicion of funding the Spanish-American War.

The FBI Case Files date from 1908 to 1922 and feature cases involving espionage during WWI, investigations into German aliens who were politically suspect, reports of violations of prohibition and more. Serious, as well as far-fetched, accounts provide a fresh insider's perspective to the history of this time period."

To find them, just search for "FBI Case Files" (minus the quotes) on the Footnote.com main page:

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