Ancestry for Free: Genealogy Research Sites That Don’t Cost

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Ancestry for Free: Genealogy Research Sites That Don’t Cost

Postby bimjim » Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:10 pm ... ng-a-cent/

Ancestry for Free: Genealogy Research Sites That Don’t Cost a Dime
Family History Daily
April 5, 2013

Can you really research your ancestry for free? Yes you can!

Most seasoned genealogists know that there are an ever growing number of free family history resources ., but it is easy for beginners to get overwhelmed trying to find quality resources and end up turning to just one or two large paid sites, like Ancestry, for their information.

So, we thought we’d put together a simple list of high-quality, and completely free, genealogy websites to help you expand your research without spending a single penny.

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to free genealogy resources .. Don’t underestimate the value of a good google search when looking for free sites that relate to a specific location or surname.

Get Started Researching Your Ancestry for Free with These Six Sites

Family Search: OK, this one was easy and most people reading this list have probably already heard of the absolutely awesome and expansive family history site from the LDS. But, could we really leave them out? With a huge amount of records and genealogies, a free . and downloadable family tree program, resource lists, information wikis and so much more – Family Search is not to be missed.

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Find a Grave: Looking for a tombstone? Find a Grave is a completely free, volunteer run website where you can search millions of grave sites from around the world, or request a search for relatives you cannot find in their database.

Library of Congress, Chronicling America: Search thousands of pages of newspapers from 1826-1922 and access the actual digitized images .. Name searches are easy and you never know what you might turn up about individual you’re researching.

Ellis Island and Castle Garden: Are you one of the millions of descendants of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island or its predecessor Castle Garden? Not sure? Visit either one of these sites to see if you can find an ancestor from your family tree. Tip: make sure you are armed with at least SOME info about your relatives before searching. Many immigration records are vague and unless your ancestor has a very unusual name you will probably need estimated dates of arrival, names of fellow travelers, and/or estimated ages to find strong leads here.

National Archives Databases: Census records, military records, passenger lists and more can all be found in these extensive and free to use . databases. Looking for even more, check out their genealogy section.




April 8, 2013
Jim Heddell

3 additional things that are free:
1. Lookups free from Family History Library in SLC and other archives–sent via email in 3 days
2. On-line research group in Skype where you can get free help finding your ancestors (via instant messaging) from professional researchers
3. Weekly webinars taught by professional researchers


April 7, 2013
V. Chris & Tom Tinney, Sr.

Family Genealogy & History Internet Education Directory – Wiki: Scholarly mega site map of world wide Internet resources. Free Coverage of the Genealogy World in a Nutshell.

Professional, worldwide humanities and social sciences mega portal, connected directly to numerously related sub-sets, with billions of
primary/secondary database family history & genealogy records.


April 7, 2013

All census records (except 1940), non-copyrighted books (fully downloadable), family histories, etc.


April 7, 2013

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April 6, 2013

Always search the Guild of One Name Studies to see if anyone is studying your name.


April 6, 2013
Pat W

If you are doing research in Missouri, you can’t beat Missouri Digital Heritage. I have accessed digital images of actual death certificates and probates records (wills).

Plus, many libraries offer free access to HeritageQuest.


April 5, 2013
Susan Mosey

It seems like is coming along nicely and adding stuff all the time.


April 5, 2013

I’ve been using Open Library ( lately. It has many scanned in books that have had genealogy information in them. The books can be saved to the computer or kindle. I’ve checked Google Books for the same books and they don’t exist there. I also like to use Rootsweb, GenWeb, and message boards or forums.

Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Search ~
DAR Genealogical Research System ~
Indiana Digital Archives ~
Illinois Digital Archives ~
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Tipton County, Indiana Newspapers ~
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