To make it easy for you to take advantage of the many no-cost resources available on the web, we’ve recommended a good deal of free genealogy websites here on Family History Daily.
Many of the wonderful research sites we’ve shared were brought to our attention originally by readers who use them every day. Some are recommended to us repeatedly because of their quality and expansive offerings. We’d thought you’d like to know which family history sites our [...]
Researching ancestors from England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland? Here’s a list of free genealogy sites for the UK and Ireland where you can find everything from census returns and military service records to birth, marriage and death indexes.
We have included only sites that offer mostly or completely free records in our list, but there are also a variety of paid sites you may find helpful as well–such as FindMyPast, Scotland’s People and The Genealogist. If we [...]
It’s an often overlooked fact that a vast amount of FamilySearch’s collections cannot be found via the search on their site. Millions of free family history records are waiting to be discovered but have not yet been indexed and are, therefore, somewhat hard to find. These records are invaluable tools for genealogists and cover a wide range of locales and time periods so we thought we’d offer a quick rundown on how to access them.
But first a note about searching [...]
Thank you to Amie Tennant of My Kith N Kin for this helpful article.
I continue to be amazed how social media can quickly give you the answers you need to break through your family history brick walls. In just the last 2 weeks, I have turned to Facebook for help and was not disappointed. Here’s how I did it!
FamilySearch.org has created new Facebook groups. I joined them all.
In the U.S., there are 4 FamilySearch groups:
U.S. Northeast Genealogy Research [...]
One of the most important things a family historian can do is get organized. It makes research easier in the short term, and you’ll thank yourself repeatedly for it in the future.
Many genealogists, including myself, use Evernote — which has both an excellent online and downloadable system for capturing data and organizing information. There is also a great deal of help out there on how to use Evernote for genealogy (like these templates from Cyndi’s [...]
Recently, I discovered proof of a thrilling family story in a very unexpected place. I had looked for this proof on birth, death and marriage records, in the federal and state census, and just about everywhere else I could possibly think of.
But, just when I thought I had exhausted all reasonable possibilities, it turned up suddenly in a location I had only stumbled on by accident. A city directory.
I’ll admit, I’ve known about city directories (as well as town [...]
By Susan Wallin Mosey
Is it weird that I have a graveyard kit? How else can you go grave hunting in an organized and well-equipped manner? Mine is stored in a pink bucket with a decal on it. (I’m a very girly grave hunter.)
The bucket contains all the stuff I need for proper gravestone hunting (except a goodly supply of water—never leave home without a goodly supply of water). The bucket contains:
1. A notebook and a pen, along with any information that I had the [...]
One of the most enjoyable things about doing family history research is discovering what your ancestor did to earn a living. But, very often, we find ourselves scratching our heads trying to figure out exactly what an old occupation actually consisted of.
or a mudlark…
or an ealdorman.
In last week’s list of 25 free genealogy sites we mentioned a site we had only recently been introduced to — Random Acts of Genealogical [...]
The National Library of Ireland has officially launched a new web-repository for its Catholic parish records — making this truly vital record collection available online for free for the first time in history.
The parish register records are considered to be the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 Census.
The new dedicated website hosts over 390,000 digital images of the microfilm reels on which the parish registers [...]