Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Here are 50 genealogy websites for you to explore your roots. Most are free but some are paid. Combined, they provide a vast variety of research databases. Happy hunting!

1.   AccessGenealogy.com – Millions of names in 250,000 pages, along with links to free data; especially useful for Native American information, and some data.

2.     Afrigeneas.com- African American research site with various records and resources

3.   AmericanAncestors.org $ – (New) The new name for the NEHGS website and their 3,000 databases. 

4.   AncestorHunt.com – Free genealogy search engine linking to free data.

5.   Ancestry.com $ - Ancestry.com is the leading genealogical data site, and includes articles, instruction, and reference help.

6.   AncientFaces.com - Share genealogy research, community pages, family photos & records more for free.

7.   Archives.com $ – A major new subscription data site, launched in July 2009 and already with more than a billion names.  

8.   CensusFinder.com - Links to free census records.

9.   CousinConnect.com - A large free queries website.

10. CyndisList.com – The best subject catalog of genealogy webpage links. 

11.DAR.org  - Site of the largest lineage society; includes their library catalog and 32 million name index.

12. DeathIndexes.com - Lists of links to United States death records, by state.

13. DistantCousin.com - An online archive of genealogy records and images of historical documents.

14. EllisIsland.org - Database of 24 million New York passenger arrivals that is free to search. Actual passenger list images can be printed or purchased.

15. FamilyHistory101.com - Less than four years old and full of instruction and guidance for genealogists.

16. FamilyLink.com $ - One of the most popular FaceBook applications helps people identify and network with their family and search billions of records.

17. FamilySearch.org - This major data website sponsored by the LDS Church includes the IGI, census records, the library’s catalog and a growing collection of historical records from throughout the world, along with instruction and reference help.

18. FamilyTreeDNA.com - DNA testing service focused upon family history test types.

19. FamilyTreeMagazine.com  – (New) Website for popular magazine that includes shopping, links, and research tools.

20. FamilyTreeMaker.com - Homepage for Ancestry.com's genealogical software.

21.FindAGrave.com - This database of 57 million cemetery inscriptions adds about a million per month and often includes tombstone photos.

22.FindMyPast.co.uk$ - (Back in) 650 million British records of many types [formerly FindMyPast.com].

23.Footnote.com $ - In conjunction with the U.S. National Archives, Footnote offers data, original records images, and more.

24.Genealogy.com $ - A major data site, includes family trees, instruction and reference help.

25.GenealogyBank.com $ - 1 billion exclusive records from 4500 newspapers and historical books.

26.GenealogyBuff.com – A free genealogy search site with hundreds of data sources.

27.GenealogyLinks.net – 50,000 links to free sites, arranged by state and county.

28.GenealogyToday.com - Includes instruction, reference articles, and some unique data collections.

29.GenealogyTrails.com - Five year old site with free U.S. data contributed by volunteers.

30.Geneanet.org  - (Back in) A European collection of 400 million names in family trees, community, and submitted records.  

31.GeneBase.com - A DNA ancestry cataloguing project with 675,000 users.

32.Geni.com – Free, with the world’s largest collaborative family.

33. Genuki.org.uk-- Large collection of genealogical information pages for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.

34.HeritageQuestOnline.com $ - Census, PERSI (the periodical index), books, all free to you at many libraries

35.KindredKonnections.com $ - Grassroots created data site with compiled family trees, and some extracted records. (29>22>19)

36.Linkpendium.com – Nine million genealogy links organized by state/county and surname.

37.MyFamily.com - Hosts family websites for sharing photos, genealogy, and more.  

38.MyHeritage.com - Focuses on genealogy community building and networking.

39.NewspaperObituaries.net – (New) A directory of obituary databases and archives on the web.

40. ObitLinksPage.com- State-by-state directory of obituaries and obituary resources.

41.OneGreatFamily.com$ - A family tree sharing and collaboration website.

42.PoliticalGraveyard.com - Comprehensive source of U.S. political biography that tells where many dead politicians are buried.

43.RootsChat.com – (New) Free family history messaging forum with almost 3 million mostly UK messages.

44.RootsWeb.com – One of the largest, free, user-contributed data sites, includes 575 million names in family trees, also instruction and reference help.

45.SearchForAncestors.com - Interactive directory of free genealogy websites and data.

46.ThePeerage.com – A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.

47.TribalPages.com - Family trees hosting with 300,000 members and 80 million names.

48.USGennet.org  - Historical and genealogical web hosting service.

49.USGWArchives.net – A large collection of free data, arranged by state and searchable across the entire collection.

50.WorldVitalRecords.com $ - The data collection provided by Family Link, with over a billion records, as well as instruction and reference help.

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