Thank you to family history writer Tony Bandy for his hard work making this article possible.
Digital documents form the backbone of modern genealogy research. Whether it’s shared family trees, scanned photos, or official documents, there is always new data to be explored.
The hardest part remains, however, in finding free resources. Luckily, many U.S. states have put a good deal of effort into making their records freely accessible online, and some of the best no-cost [...]
When most of us think of Ancestry.com, we think of paid resources. And, of course, the vast majority of Ancestry’s billions of records are behind a pay wall. However, you might be surprised to hear that the site does off a relatively large assortment of completely free collections–and they are 100% searchable.
When you attempt to locate a record on Ancestry via their main search function the free collections do get mixed into the results. If you don’t have a paid [...]
By Jodi Bash
The digital age of photos gives us so much to be thankful for. Photos can be edited, shared, deleted, and ordered in a frame at the touch of a button. I am so used to this convenience that when faced with a physical copy of a picture it often takes me months to decide what to do with it. Even my kids’ school pictures sit around gathering dust before I eventually frame them.
Many of us have also inherited (or absconded with) family photo albums. The [...]
Ancestry.com has announced that it will be offering access to more than 1 billion UK and Irish records this weekend, Feb 17th through the 20th. If you have roots in England, Scotland, Ireland or Wales, and don’t currently have a paid Ancestry subscription, this is a great opportunity to do some no-cost research.
We’ve put together a quick Q&A below to help you take advantage of this free access.
When Will Access to These Records be Made [...]
Old newspapers are one of the most valuable resources available to family history researchers. Not only can they provide some of the critical basic data we need to grow our trees – such as birth, marriage and death dates – they are one of the few resources that can help us expand our understanding of our ancestors’ personal stories as well.
Whether you are able locate a standard obituary or notice of birth, or are lucky enough to find a newspaper article [...]
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 think of that might contain the specific piece of information I needed.
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, [...]
Do you know that Amazon.com offers tens of thousands of free kindle books – many of which are family history focused? From pedigrees to local histories, to reference manuals and even genealogy-focused fiction – these no-cost ebooks provide a wealth of information to family history researchers.
No, we’re not talking about the Prime Lending Library or Kindle Unlimited (which provide free kindle books by subscription on Amazon). We’re talking about ebooks that [...]
The Ellis Island records website has long been a great place to find free ancestry information. Providing instant access to more than 50 million immigration records, it’s a vital resource for anyone with US immigrant ancestry from the late 19th and early 20th centuries (earlier records can be found here).
A couple of years ago Ellis Island revealed a brand new website, including a revamped and improved family history records section. In fact, all of the Statue of Liberty [...]