15 Excellent & FREE Genealogy Sites

Numerous excellent FREE genealogy sites are available- probably too many to mention. Beyond the sites listed below from LovetoKnow, I suggest the following exceptional sites (obviously these relate heavily to my areas of research):research

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Roots Web
Huge database of ancestry data. Be sure to check out the information on how to get started. Also offers many tools and resources in addition to information such as charts and forms for tracking your family tree. Also find related mailing lists and message boards. [This site is owned and operated by Ancestry.com these days.]

USGen Web Project
Volunteers and researchers work to provide free genealogy resources to those searching for the roots to their family tree. Easy to search by state or name. The site has several genealogy projects going in addition to this website. One of the projects is a census project.

Family Search
Many of the resources at this are free, although there are some paid resources. Check out the handy research guides and find out how to get the most from your efforts. Also offers Jewish family history resources and African American resources. Register for free for further access to records. [This site is owned and operated by the LDS Church and is under-going a major renovation and expansion.]

Ancestral Findings
Request a free lookup (up to 2 per day). Many different articles on how to find your ancestors, including how to make sure you’ve found the right person. Tons of free databases on this site, including Irish Ancestry, Native American, Mexican and United Kingdom.

Gen Graphics
Clipart for creating a family tree or genealogy website. Includes family tree graphics and layouts as well as other graphics and forms. For an example of how to lay out an ancestry page on your own website, check out the site owner’s layout.
Obsolete Site 28 Jul 2010

Search for Ancestors
In addition to free searches for family members on your tree, you can also try out the tombstone birthday calculator. Be sure to visit the freebies page for goodies such as free charts, databases, research guidance, lessons, free trial offers and free articles and tips. [Appears to be another Ancestry.com affiliated site.]

Family History Circle
Blog detailing many of the latest news in the genealogy world. Includes an Ancestral Weekly Journal. Categories cover topics such as journal articles, a weekly planner, tips from the pros, quick tips from visitors, quote of the day and what happened in different years.

Biography assistant allows people to post notes on people in their family and draw from what other users have written. The “Genealogy How-To” section covers topics such as getting started in genealogy, getting organized, and developing research skills.

Unique site allows users to post different types of documents and records for others to peruse. For example, there is an area on Revolutionary War documents, and another on Pennsylvania archives from 1664-1880. Don’t miss the spotlights page for feature item.

Sign up for free at Family Link and upload your personal profile. Fill in the information you know about your family tree and then seek the advice of local genealogists in your area or the area from which your family hails. You can also do a quick search by surname or areas in the world.

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