free and cheap genealogy resources exist to help trace your family
history, which is becoming a popular pasttime. Families are
appreciating their past, wanting to learn more about their ancestors,
the old country many came from, locate old photos, make scrapbooks and
photo albums, and plan family reunions to bring distant relatives
Resources may include government facilities that maintain records like
courthouses, archives, military organizations, or may be professional
societies, private families and companies in the business of genealogy,
religious organizations like the Latter Day Saints (LDS) and other
churches that maintain records, researchers, libraries, newspapers,
chat groups and blogs, and much more.
Genealogy - Comprehensive site with family tree search,
many historical sketches, biographies, information by state, Native
American reservation rolls, military records, cemetery records, and
Connect - Worldwide adoptee and birth parent
search registry designed to reunite adoptees with their birth parents
All English Records - A
one-stop site for English genealogy records including the United
Kingdom census (England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland), English vital
registrations, free BMD, English parish and church records.
Hunt - earch for ancestors and
locate your family surnames in some of the best and largest free
genealogy databases online. Includes Bible records, coats of
arms, court records, US and UK genealogy search engines, black history,
Ellis island passengers, marriage records, obituary indexes, ship
lists, prison inmates, and a lot more!
AncientFaces - Browse and contribute
vintage photos online.
Archives.com - A great digital
genealogical records site that is now by subscription, but the cost is
still much less than other comparable subscription services, so for
serious researchers its probably well worth the cost (around $35 a
year) for unlimited downloads of images, documents, newspaper articles,
military records, yearbook info, birth and death indexes, and other
family information often not found elsewhere for free.
Records Online - Dedicated to transcribing and
digitizing the contents of family records that were written inside
family Bibles and in other important documents from as early as the
Immigration Center - An educational project of The
Battery Conservancy with free access to an extraordinary database of
information on 11 million immigrants and transcribed ship manuscripts /
manifests from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened.
Junction - Helping the genealogy community find
information about their ancestors by posting cemetery lists, many
transcribed by volunteers - an excellent source for genealogical
Diggins - Free census records and genealogy
databases including state archives, marriage records, orphanage
records, newspaper abstracts, Scottish and Irish genealogy links, Civil
War records, and more.
Finder - A global directory of free census records
including United States, Canadian, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, and
Native American census records by country, region, city, county, or
state. Also, message boards and genealogy tips.
Census-Online - Census records from
the U.S., England, Wales, Canada, Ireland, and Scotland.
War Soldiers & Research Data Base - This
comprehensive American Civil War research database contains over 4
million soldier records with additionally regiment chronicles, rosters,
and photographs. This database is not free, but charges a
reasonable fee. It is $10 for a visitor's pass or $25 for the
List of Genealogy Sites on the Web - A massive
established genealogical research directory. Has links to family
sites, ships lists, maps and plat records, adoptions, African-American
genealogy, church records, worldwide genealogy databases, divorces,
family Bibles, medieval and ancient genealogy, cemeteries, wills, and
Fred - Free Genealogy Photo Archives.
Post, search, preserve, record, remember.
Cousin - Free genealogy
library with over 10 million records and scanned images of historical
documents from a wide variety of sources, such as newspaper obituaries,
city directories, census records, ship manifests, vital records, school
yearbooks, military records, and more.
DNA Testing - Trace your ancestral origin with DNA
genetic tests. These are not free, but the costs have been coming
Island - From 1892 to 1924, more than 22
million immigrants, travelers, and crew members came through Ellis
Island and the Port of New York. Search for passenger records,
manifests, and images. Also, free printable forms
including pedigree charts, family group sheets, and passenger arrival
- Irish, British, & US Records - Only the overseas
records can be accessed for free with registration. Other links
such as to local parish records require payment.
Search - A service provided by the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). Worldwide collection
of billions of names with family information extracted from a
variety of records including birth, marriage, probate, death, military
and land records. Records are cross-linked to other names for
ease of tracing your family tree ancestry.
FamilyTreeGuide - Manage
your own free online family tree, control access, and view submissions
from others including images.
a Grave - Locate the graves of
ancestors, view photos of tombstones, create virtual memories, and more.
Fold3 - Huge
collection of original military records scanned in and viewable as
images. Although they offer a subscription, a great deal of
information is viewable when you search without joining.
Printable Genealogy Forms - Online forms to record
your pedigree, abstract census and ships manifest records, compose
letters, request records from the National Archives and other agencies,
record information from deeds, request PERSI articles, and more for
your genealogy research.
FreeREG - Free UK parish
register search from Rootsweb.
GenCircles - A
genealogical information-sharing community.
GenDisasters - Events
that touched our ancestors' lives. Obituaries, hardships, articles on
natural disasters experienced, accidents, and unusual events such as
floods, train or automobile wrecks, fires, explosions,
hurricanes, mine collapses, or some other type of disaster or tragic
Buff - Search
for free thousands of vital records by surname including county
marriages, county deaths, state and federal census records, birth
records, immigration records, obituaries, etc.
Locator - Free
deep search genealogy resource.
Spot - Network
of genealogy resources.
Trails - Volunteers dedicated
to free genealogy. Helping you track down ancestors through time
by transcribing genealogical and historiccal data for the free use of
all researchers. Includes Native American and slave data, maps,
military data, and other research aids.
GeneaNet - Search and view free
worldwide online family trees, archives & indexes, and pictures.
GenesReunited - UK family history
research site. Search family tree information and other data for
free after registering. They also offer access with a paid
subscription to other databases and genealogical resources, although
less expensive than some other genealogy service providers, with lower
cost short-term one-month access available.
Family Message Boards - Post genealogy
queries and responses on the discussion boards by surname. Link
up with others related to you researching the same names.
GenWeb - Run
by volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for
genealogical research in every county and every state of the United
- Free marriage records and online
GeoNames - U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Historic
Place Names Search.
Quest - With a library card view for free census
records, search family and history books, Revolutionary War pension and
Bounty-Land Warrant applications, Freedman's Bank records (1865-1874)
that served African-Americans, articles, memorials, and petitions.
MapWorks - Search and view online old maps for free.
Only pay if you order a download or hard copy. All types of
maps including countries, states, counties, and cities with names of
land and business owners.
Dream of Genealogy - Family history databases,
naturalization records and other court records, directories, church
records, newspapers, social security and military papers, biographies,
cemeteries, marriage records, Bibles, letters, photos, and heirlooms
lost and found.
- Access to Archival Databases from the National Archives.
Germans, Russians, Italians, & Irish
Ships Transcribers Guild - Over 12,000 searchable ship
passenger manifests transcribed by volunteers plus numerous passengers
listed in special projects.
Interment.net - Free
online library of cemetery burial records from thousands of cemeteries
across the world.
Patents Search - Live access to Federal land conveyance
records for the Public Land States, including image access to more 5
million Federal land title records issued between 1820 and the present.
Also images related to survey plats and field notes, dating back to
Mormon History Center - Worldwide
collection of billions of names with family information extracted
a variety of records including birth, marriage, probate, death,
military and land records. Records are cross-linked to other
ease of tracing your family tree ancestry.
Reeds Global Map Collection - Donated rare map images held at
the McMaster University Libraries in Canada.
Marriage Search Engines from
GenLookup - A directory of United States
marriage search engines for select counties.
Migrations.org - Exploring
the migration paths of ancestors.
MyHeritage.com - Has an
extensive genealogy network of members with a forum to share family
trees and photos, with links to message boards, a genealogy center, and
a research area that uses keywords in the Megadex utility to perform
deep searches with results including some free data and others that
require payment to view. Free to register.
Archives - Research project where can browse
thousands of genealogical-related holdings including naturalization and
immigration records, passport applications, bankruptcies, censuses,
military service records, land records, and more.
Obituary Archive - Repository
of obituaries and death records. Visitors may search the archive freely
to learn about the deaths of friends or family or to explore
relationships when building family trees or doing genealogical
Archive - Comprehensive indexed collection
of obituaries and death notices extracted and compiled from U.S.
Tree Genealogy - Free searchable genealogy
transcriptions at your fingertips. Maintains ships lists,
Canadian and American genealogy records, military records, genealogical
info from New Netherlands / Amsterdam (New York), Palatines, Huguenots,
Mennonites, Native Americans, and more.
One Great Family - A subscription
service not as expensive as Ancestry that claims to be the largest
universal family tree using a genealogy handprint technology to merge
related people in databases and help create connections.
Connections - Reuniting Old Lost
Bibles, Records, Memorabilia
and Trails - Topographical and transportation maps,
timetables, pictures, and histories.
Rootsweb - Taken
over by Ancestry, but so far still a great site with many of the
features remaining free, especially the searchable World Connect
Project is an invaluable resource to genealogy researchers.
Security Death Index - The only place you can get access to this
information currently for free is by registering with GenealogyBank.com
at the link provided (although the viewable record does not contain all
the same information as was on the original records, which you can
order from the Social Security Administration last I checked for about
$27 - up from $7)
Surname Search Utility - A genealogy search tool designed to help
find surnames on family tree pages across the web.
Transcription Project - Recording tombstone inscriptions
now---before they are lost forever to the winds and the rains.
Obituaries - Local and nationwide obituaries with a
living memorial wall, tributes, photos, and obituary and funeral home
GenWeb - A non-profit, volunteer
based organization dedicated to providing genealogical and historical
records and resources for world-wide access, including Asia, Africa, the
Mediterranean, Middle East, North and South America, Europe, Ireland,
and the UK.
GenWeb - A subscription
genealogy service with a very brief free trial period. Cost is
comparable with similar other services, although they do have some
unique databases including Australian collections, maps, a card
catalogue, a digitized family history book collection, Filby's
passenger and immigration lists, and numerous others.
Zabasearch - A very
useful people search service that shows former addresses, phone
numbers, birthdates and relatives for free. To get more details
without paying, click on a main name, then click "Get the Dirt."
If you click the wrong link it will try to sell you a background