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 immigrant ancestry from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Last year, Ellis Island revealed a brand new website, including a revamped and improved family history records section. In fact, all of the Statue of Liberty webpages — including the Ellis Island records [...]
Looking for a totally free way to access a variety of paid genealogy records, like those provided by Ancestry or MyHeritage, from your own computer?
Well there’s good news, you most likely can. And you might be surprised to hear that the solution is probably only a few clicks away.
An increasing number of libraries are now providing complementary access to genealogy resources free of charge. Many can be accessed directly on their websites — meaning that you [...]
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 [...]
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 paywall. 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 [...]
Well, rules might be a bit strict, but we do have some pretty tight guidelines that we like to follow when we’re doing genealogy research. We promise we use them most of the time.
You likely have your own set of rules and we’d love to hear them. What would you add to this list?
Want to keep this list handy or share it with others? Download an infographic at the bottom of this page.12 Genealogy Research Rules
1. Always Cite Your Sources. [...]
Unless you’re a professional genealogist you’ve probably learned most of what you know about family history research from…well…doing research. Most of us dove into our family trees when we began our genealogy journey and never looked back–learning the ropes as we went.
And the truth is, if you’re a hobby genealogist, you probably don’t need an online class or webinar to build a strong family tree. You will discover most of what you really [...]
Thank you to Andrew Chapman, editor of Discover Your Ancestors, for sharing this news about their annual print issue.
The 4th annual print edition of Discover Your Ancestors is a unique collection of original articles, written by experts, on a wide range of family and social history themes. Inside you’ll find a wealth of information and inspiration, helping you to trace your ancestors back through time and understand what their lives were actually like.
Each issue of [...]