Free Genealogy Resources

Chinese Genealogy Research, Chinese family in Honolulu, Hawaii 1893

The story of Chinese immigrants in America is one of hardship, struggle, perseverance, and solidarity. Although a good deal of Chinese immigration to the US has taken place more recently, it can be traced all the way back to the 1820s. This guide to researching your Chinese ancestry will help you gain an understanding of the history of this migration and discover techniques and free resources for exploring your own family's past. 

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Intriguing Old Hospital and Asylum Records Can Be Researched Online for Free

Do you have a family tree mystery that might be solved by a medical record? I do. My grandfather had an aunt who immigrated from Norway to North Dakota in 1915. She was married in 1917 and our records show that her husband died around 1920. We cannot find records of her after her marriage in 1917, but oral family history says that she may have spent some time in an asylum.

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Some time ago, you decided that you wanted to know more about yourself and your family history beyond what the paper trail revealed, so you purchased a DNA kit. Like me, you likely had a number of questions answered and were faced with a surprise or two. If you're the curious type (and you probably are because you're reading this article!), you now have even more questions about your DNA results and genetic genealogy in general. Perhaps you're...

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Most genealogists use federal census records on a regular basis. Few resources are, after all, as packed full of information and as easy to access as a census. And, while we all know that the details found in a census can often be incorrect, this helpful record collection has become a family history staple for good reason. No other resource recorded details about our ancestor's lives in such a frequent and predictable way and, often times, the federal census may seem...

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Free Family Tree Templates for Genealogy, School or Craft Projects

Are you looking for a beautiful family tree template for a craft or school project, to display in your home or share with family? A blank, printable family tree can be used for all of these purposes and more. The trick is finding one that's styled just right for your needs - which is why we have created four unique (and free) family tree options that you can easily print out. You'll find images of all of the...

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Free Family Tree Offers Record Hints, Tons of Tools and a Modern Design

For avid family historians the search for the perfect tree program can be a challenging one. We need a very specific set of tools, intelligent ways to enter and view data, robust reporting options and ongoing stability - but we also hope for an intuitive and attractive design, access from any device and the ability to easily share our work with family members and collaborators. It's a tall order to fill.

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Why You Should Start Using Pinterest for Genealogy Right Now (and How to Do It)

If you’re one of the 175 million people around the world who use Pinterest every month, you probably already know that there’s a lot to love. Maybe you think of Pinterest as a great place to collect clever home decor ideas or as the best spot to peruse beautiful images of tasty food (who doesn’t?) - but did you know that Pinterest is so much more than that? It may be the free genealogy tool you've been missing.

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African American Genealogy Research Guide

Anyone who has spent time doing family history research knows the many challenges involved in building a family tree with complete and accurate information - but researching African American ancestors can present its own unique set of complications. In this guide to African American genealogy research, we will talk about how to get started researching your African American ancestors, discuss common challenges and potential strategies for avoiding them, and highlight the best resources to help you begin...

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One of the most exciting things about doing family history research is moving beyond names and dates to begin exploring the stories of our ancestors' lives. There are many ways to do this. Records like pension applications, wills and obituaries can provide details that allow us a special glimpse into the important events and personal relationships of our forebearers. But there is one type of genealogy resource that often stands above the rest when it comes to providing unique insights. And this...

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