Ancestry for Free: Genealogy Research Sites That Don’t Cost a Dime

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Ancestry for Free: Genealogy Research Sites That Don’t Cost a Dime

Can you really research your ancestry for free? Yes you can!

Most seasoned genealogists know that there are an ever growing number of free family history resources online–but it is easy for beginners to get overwhelmed trying to find quality resources and end up turning to just one or two large paid sites, like Ancestry, for their information.

So, we thought we’d put together a simple list of high-quality, and completely free, genealogy websites to help you expand your research without spending a single penny.

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to free genealogy resources online. Don’t underestimate the value of a good google search when looking for free sites that relate to a specific location or surname.

Get Started Researching Your Ancestry for Free with These Six Sites

Family Search: OK, this one was easy and most people reading this list have probably already heard of the absolutely awesome and expansive family history site from the LDS. But, could we really leave them out? With a huge amount of records and genealogies, a free online and downloadable family tree program, resource lists, information wikis and so much more–Family Search is not to be missed.

Find a Grave: Looking for a tombstone? Find a Grave is a completely free, volunteer run website where you can search millions of grave sites from around the world, or request a search for relatives you cannot find in their database. Check it out here.


Library of Congress, Chronicling America: Search thousands of pages of newspapers from 1826-1922 and access the actual digitized images online. Name searches are easy and you never know what you might turn up about an individual you’re researching.

Ellis Island and Castle Garden: Are you one of the millions of descendants of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island or its predecessor Castle Garden? Not sure? Visit either one of these sites to see if you can find an ancestor from your family tree. Tip: make sure you are armed with at least SOME info about your relatives before searching. Many immigration records are vague and unless your ancestor has a very unusual name you will probably need estimated dates of arrival, names of fellow travelers, and/or estimated ages to find strong leads here.

National Archives Databases: Census records, military records, passenger lists and more can all be found in these extensive and free to use online databases. Looking for even more, check out their genealogy section.

Don’t see your favorite free genealogy resource on the list? Post it in the comments below!

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    Looking for Helen M Lambert. Known to reside in Springfield IL circa 1940-1955. Was involved with a Curtis R Lykins. May have given birth to two daughters and a son while in this relationship, between 1946-1950. She is not believed to have married C R Lykins, although a marriage license was issued to them in Sangamon County, Springfield IL , as it was published in a local newspaper. She may be my biological mother.

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    Looking for Anne Card born Dupree from 1892 – 1897. In NH. Looking for her mother and or father think his name was Alexander Dupree both mother and father from French Canada don’t know her mothers name. Also Anne had 2 siblings Louise and Eva any info would be helpful been stuck on this for awhile

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  • Peggy Claassen
    January 18, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Question- Is there a site that a researcher gives tips on where they have found hard to find information? For example- the origin or hometown in the country they came from?

    • Suzanne
      April 12, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      You might try Rootsweb. It is still a free site though last I knew taken over by Ancestry with many of boards moved or copied to Ancestry boards.
      You have a choice of searching by name, topic, country, region etc. Used to be great site and you can spend months trawling through it for your many folk
      You join for free and can join E-mail lists or search whole/part of site. No luck then choose which board or boards you want to post your request for help on and then write up your message and make sure there is a tick below indicating Rootsweb will contact you when you get any replies to your notice.
      I did this several times and one got me my McDonald family back a few more generations thanks to a fellow researcher who had been able to afford references I never could that gave him my family who were absent in civil and some church records. He is a great example of how generous most genealogy researchers are with their own information and doing research for free for others using their own subscriptions.
      Try out Rootsweb. is another free site run by Latter Day Saints (no religion preached just genealogy) which has huge learning section to teach you how and where to find information and how to find chinks in your brick walls or walk around them through a totally new route.

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    My grandmother gave birth to my father out of wedlock and would never reveal his natural father. Her name was Anna Gibble at the time of his birth in PA. She named him David (no middle initial). He was born 1917 or 1918. Her parents were Adam & Catherine Gibble, brother was Earl. May have been born in Delaware, PA. Can anyone help me, I can’t find a record of his birth, have been wondering for 50 years who my grandfather was.

  • tiffany hill
    November 11, 2016 at 11:30 am

    does anyone know the best way to find civil war pension papers? trying to find info on wife of a relative..not much info

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      Fold3 is an adjunct of It’s all military but you have to pay the subscription.

    • Suzanne
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      Depending on where you are I suggest you check with your local library, family history or historical society to see if they have access to any subscription sites. Libraries here in Australia are subscribing to draw people in so provide Library edition of mega sites for free.
      Societies usually do have to charge you to pay their bills which of course includes fees to subscription sites. Some have it because they have sold indexes or their own resources to one of the sites and got subscription as part/whole payment plus a code for their members to use to join that site at discounted rate.
      FindmyPast is presently where I am being pointed when I did a search for your civil war pension records just now.
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  • Kristina Peltier
    May 21, 2016 at 6:42 am

    When you come from mixed races and/ or cultural heritages, along with broken home and lack of information issues, where do you begin? ( I am a black American – U.S.; and supposedly part South American on my dads side. The aunts and uncles I do have do not know anything or can’t help me. My grandfather had 4 children with my grandmother, (my dad, aunts, and uncle are unavailable for help here), then they divorced and his other 6 kids are from his second wife. On my white side of the family who I grew up with and know most about, (at least on my mothers, fathers side), comes English and some other decent. My grandmothers family I do not know too much about because she as well came from a broken home, and their family held a lot of secrets. I do know her parents, (my great grandparents), names and that my great grandfather was Irish. Can someone please help me to figure out how and where to begin; other than stating the obvious of starting with the part of the family tree I know most about. I am having difficulty with the latter – family history which I know little or nothing about. Any guidance would be appreciated. Thank you!

    • Anita
      June 24, 2016 at 11:54 am

      Well, starting with what you know IS the best course of action … then you work your way backwards. It is not an easy, quick process. It is time consuming and requires patience. Everything you know — or think you know — is a possible clue. Make a list. As you search you will find that some clues are good and will take you somewhere and some may turn out to be just stories. I once traced an entire line back to the 1700s starting with only five little clues. But, sometimes a line just turns into a brick wall. That is where DNA testing can help, but it is not free.

      So begin … make a free account at LDS Family History, plug in some names (the search is really easy to use) and see where it takes you. Also, you might want to try through a library, the LDS Family History center near you or take advantage of one of their free introductory periods. By the way, the digitized newspapers through The Library of Congress is a great resource but the collection only covers from 1836 up to 1922 and not all newspapers or areas are represented.

  • Justin Wipperling
    April 18, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    I’m working on my family tree I went on and went back to the 1700s I’m looking for Chistoph Wipperling family.
    In Germany. Anyone can help thank you.

    • V J
      May 20, 2016 at 1:58 am

      Could this be it?! 🙂

      U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
      View Image

      Name: Fred John Wipperling
      Birth: date – city, Germany
      Residence: year – city, North Dakota, USA

      • V J
        May 20, 2016 at 2:00 am

        It’s all I could find once I typed in the first and last name and the country, I’m sorry :\.

        Best of luck! 🙂

  • Marsha Moore
    April 5, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    For some reason my mother kept many secrets. I have done my best to find someone I am related to. My mothers name was Alice Ophelia Moyer. She was born June 16,1916. Her mother was Jenny Moyer, father was Alfonzo Moyer. My mother told me that we were Cherokee. I know she was born in Nevada, I think Panaka. Sorry for misspellings. Mom told me her grand mother was sold to a Morman named James Whitlock. Her first name was Sara Jane. I was told my great grandmother witnessed the Meadow Mountain Massacre. She saw the Morman men washing blood off their bodies. The story was told that Sara Jane ran away and was semi rescued by a Piute warrior. My mother used to laugh and say her mother had more husbands than Elizabeth Taylor. And there were a few people I was able to find that said everyone thought my mother was involved with my so called fathers brother after my father Francis Kendal Sherrick tried to kill her by throwing her off a staircase. I really don’t care about that. Right now I am completely alone. I can’t find anyone I may be related to. Mom told me about one of her older brothers. His name was Kelton. No last name. Ok, I’m taking up too much space. I was born in 1954 so getting a bit long in the tooth. I want nothing from any relative except to finally know I’m not alone. Thanks

    • Judy Schuur
      April 10, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      You need to join the Facebook group called “Search Squad” They would be able to help you. It is a closed group.

    • Kristina Peltier
      May 21, 2016 at 6:16 am

      I do not know if it will or will not pan out for you but I may have information . I have a cousin Carol Moyers I am aware that the “s” on the end of the last name is not exact in accordance to your search. However I do know that misspellings of names were common and sometimes people were lost in the shuffle – if you will. Anyhow I say that to say this my cousin Carol is very big into the ancestry thing and has dated, ( if I’m not mistaken), some of her family tree back to the 1700’s. She uses and can be found there. Her mother was my great aunt but it was her father who carries the last name Moyers and I never knew too much about him – where he came from, if he had siblings etc. I know it’s a stretch but it never hurts to to just see. I wish you well in your search, it can become frustrating. I am trying to search for my family history as well but I come from many different races with a history of broken homes and lack of family information, so for me I do not even know where to really begin. Don’t give up though, be diligent in your quest.

    • T
      May 21, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      I have been working on my Myer Myers line and found that prior the spelling was Moyer so this is another spelling you might want to check out.

    • Anita
      June 24, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      There is at least one public tree at that has Alonzo B. Moyer in their tree:
      NAME: Alonzo B Moyer
      BIRTH: Oct 1868
      MARRIAGE: 1893
      SPOUSE: Martha Jennie Nelson

      Alonzo is on various census records but only the 1920 with wife named Jennie and daughter Alice in his HH.

      Home in 1920: Caliente, Lincoln, Nevada
      Street: Denlin Avenue

      A B Moyer … 51 (or 57) yrs old Head of Household, b. Illinois, Occupation Gold Miner
      Jennie Moyer … 40 yrs old wife, born Nevada
      Fred A Moyer … 16 yrs old, son, born Nevada
      Mamie Moyer … 13 yrs old, daughter, born Nevada
      Alice Moyer … 3 & 6/12, yrs old, born Nevada
      U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
      Name: Alice Sherrick — [Alice O Haloway] [Alice Moyer]
      Gender: Female
      Race: White
      Birth Date: 16 Jun 1918
      Birth Place: Panaca Lincoln, Nevada
      Death Date: 8 Jun 1997
      Father: Alonzo Moyer
      Mother: Jennie Nelson
      Type of Claim: Original SSN.
      Notes: Jan 1945: Name listed as ALICE SHERRICK; Aug 1954: Name listed as ALICE O HALOWAY
      PS — if you are looking for kin, you may want to consider something like DNA testing. It is not free, but not too expensive and they offer specials all the time … and case in point I do know adopted twins who found their blood kin through this method.

  • Shirley McNicol
    April 5, 2016 at 7:48 am

    I have signed up for a free trial with anchestry.I have managed to get back as far as 1776,but have now come to a stop. I am looking for the parents of Joseph Hawtin born 1776 in Oxford,

    • kevin
      June 23, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      ancestry is a joke. They just hold information that other people searched for. Its not all true it is just what other people think or search for and they charge you for it. You buy there family tree disc and it pings there site and steals all the info you put in it. Garbage and it should be free because it is not facts, it is just other people looking for the truth about there family history.

      • Roisin
        July 4, 2016 at 2:53 pm

        Why do you go to ancestry to just look at the trees? Personally I used ancestry to see the birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, court records, etc. Those primary sources are usually pretty accurate. Once you have extracted all the documentation on your ancestor, THEN you can look at the trees, but only as a possible starting point of information you may nt have found yet.

        • September 14, 2016 at 9:45 am

          Exactly. If you’re looking at trees for anything other than maybe hints, you’re wasting your time. But Ancestry has a tremendous database of source records that I find invaluable.

          • Peggy C
            January 18, 2017 at 8:08 am

            I found out the hard way about trees on ancestry. Now I find at least two other sources before I add anything to my tree.

  • March 7, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    I am trying to trace my husbands ancestry, original family name before coming to Canada from Holland was Van den Vorstenbosch.Once the family entered the country in the1960’s they dropped the Van den.Is there any free sites that may help me.?

    • Maaike Kortleever
      March 7, 2016 at 8:51 pm

      A free site I used for my Dutch ancestors is The opening page is in Dutch, but at the top of the page is a link to translate it into English. Its a database of government records and church records from the Netherlands.

  • sue wood
    March 6, 2016 at 2:32 am

    Do you still need help Aidan?

  • Michelle
    February 29, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    That is NOT free… The reason why. I have been frustration to search online for Italy heritage for 10 years. I cannot find my grandfather’s family name in Italy. Because I cannot read old italic style Italian language in 1810 to 1900. That I cannot afford Italian Professional Genealogy cost me around $5,000 to $10,000 for search family name in Italy. Not American here. Over there Italy have old record there!!!! That is why I am very frustration. I saw TV show ” Finding your Roots” and ” Do you think you are?”. Those celebrators stars who can afford. They are rich. We don’t. We are poor. We feel not fair.. We need your help for free!!!

    • Judy Schuur
      April 10, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      If you have old Italian records you can join the Facebook group “Genealogy Translations”. They have people in the group who will translate your documents free of charge.

  • Maaike Kortleever
    February 29, 2016 at 1:56 pm is completely free. Or there is the best free way to find out things – relatives! Talk to your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, great aunts, great uncles etc. They can usually get you back far enough in your tree for things like census records to become useful. Another free site I like is

    • Craig Stark
      April 4, 2017 at 3:25 am

      Family search is only FREE now if you join Church of Later Day Saints or accept their mailings.

  • lena
    February 18, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    None of these sites are free they all lead to a place where you have to pay for information and that’s not FREE!!!

  • Jenyne
    February 3, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    I am trying to find some information on my great grandfather. His name is George M (or MD or Milfin) Hobbs. He was born in New York and died at the Vet’s home in Leavenworth Kansas (1915) The problem is, I don’t know if he was really the father of my grandfather, Frank Whitney Hobbs (born in Little Rock).
    Frank’s mother (Minnie Maxey-Huffman) married George in 1900. Frank was born in 1897 and is listed as George’s stepson on the 1900 census. Another problem is that Minnie was married to a Brice Huffman, but he died in 1892…Frank wasn’t even born during that marriage. HELP! I have tried to find Frank’s birth certificate, but no luck.

    • Dynayshia
      February 17, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      I am confuse

    • Bob Allison
      March 30, 2016 at 1:21 pm


      I found your Frank Hobbs on the 1920 Census in Minnesota, living with his mother Minnie. He was 21 and listed his birthplace as AR. I also found his WWI Draft Card that gives his date of birth as 20 October 1897 and that he had blue eyes and red hair. He died 14 Nov 1968 in Finlayson, MN. In the 1900 Census, he was listed as a stepson with George M. Hobbs. So looks like his original father was Brice Huffman and then Minnie married George Hobbs and George adopted him at some point. It also says his father was born in Kentucky. Brice’s son Jasper Brice Huffman was born July 31, 1892 in Boone County, Arkansas. Soooo, if I were going to be looking for a death certificate, I would be starting there if you know he dies in 1892. That seems like the logical spot. I have checked Kentucky records that I could find online and could find nothing. And there are not enough Arkansas records online to really find him. Hope this helps you out somewhat. Maybe give you a starting point.
      you can email me at if you need any more help, not sure that I could but willing to try.

      I found Dr. Jasper Brice Huffmans Find A Grave memorial with his headstone. I am at a loss whose son Frank is right now, Brice died in 1892, Frank was born in 1897, and Minnie and George did not marry till 1900 so, it is anyones guess. I will keep digging and see what I can come up with.

      I found this marriage record for Minnie:
      Name: M M Maxey
      Gender: Female
      Age: 19
      Birth Year: abt 1870
      Residence: Snowball, Searcy, Arkansas
      Spouse’s Name: J B Huffman
      Spouse’s Gender: Male
      Spouse’s Age: 23
      Spouse’s Residence: Snowball, Searcy, Arkansas
      Marriage Date: 28 Jan 1889
      Marriage License Date: 26 Jan 1889
      Marriage County: Searcy
      Event Type: Marriage
      FHL Film Number: 1031118

      Also found this one:
      Name: Minnie M Huffman
      Gender: Female
      Age: 29
      Birth Year: abt 1871
      Residence: Harrison, Boone, Arkansas
      Spouse’s Name: George M Hobbs
      Spouse’s Gender: Male
      Spouse’s Age: 52
      Spouse’s Residence: Kansas City, Missouri
      Marriage Date: 17 Apr 1900
      Marriage License Date: 17 Apr 1900
      Marriage County: Boone
      Event Type: Marriage
      FHL Film Number: 1035451

      So there is a 8 yr gap in there between the two marriages and a 2 yr gap between Frank being born and her second marriage. Now, it could be, that they listed his name incorrectly on the 1900 census as Huffman and he could have been born out of wedlock. And then after they got married, he took the Hobbs name. You will not know anything till you get the birth certificate. And I would look in Boone Cty, Arkansas for that or write to the Arkansas Vital Statistics to see if you can get it. Sorry I could not help more.

  • Elmer
    January 31, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Among its billions of records… and index records:
    All United States Census 1790-1940 are free at That includes the index and all images.
    Includes also the 1850 Mortality & Slave Schedules, the 1890 Civil War Veterans and Widows census, and 1930 Merchant Marine Census.

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  • alvinscott
    October 22, 2015 at 7:36 am

    i am trying to figure out were any of my ancestors were a slave

    • David Bofinger
      November 19, 2015 at 12:31 am

      If you mean, were any of them people of West African ethnicity who got brought to North America as slaves, I don’t know. But if you want to know literally whether any of your ancestors were slaves then yes, lots of them. Slavery has been around a long time, Europeans for instance were enslaving each other more or less from the arrival of agriculture up until the middle ages. We’re all descended from slaves and kings and every rank of human in between.

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    September 25, 2015 at 4:48 pm

  • Greta Wahl-Diede
    August 9, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Deutch aus Russ im Amerika? Are you a German from Russia in America?
    These two will REALLY help!

  • August 1, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Always free. The hosts are required to update with new data regularly so there is always new information being added.

  • July 29, 2015 at 1:53 am

    Hi – are there any apps for Android users for Roots Magic, etc.? I don’t have an Ipad, etc.
    Thanks for any help you can give.

  • Spencer Allen (Columbus,OH)
    April 9, 2015 at 6:39 am

    Search for pictures/graphics of ancestors of Allen-Spencer, 1000AD to 1800’s England, Europe, N C, VA, southern U S; also “Place of Pleasure “& “Redbrick Hall “in No. Carolina? Where to find? Help deeply appreciated!!!

  • carmen Lacombe
    March 19, 2015 at 7:21 am

    I have no information on my biological family except description and where I was born can I found anything on this site
    birthname Blandine , marie Gisele danièle, born at pointes aux tremble the 6 of July 1950 at la crèche de la réparation (ou rehabilitation maintenant paroisse notre dame) fabrique de montréal
    mother 5 feet 2 inches 18 years old black hair pretty and 120 pounds and father 22 years old 5 feet 5 inches blond, 155 pound here is where it get to me he was a journalism in that period time so from 1949 to 1950 and nobody is able to gave me a clue but by this time they would be like 80 and 82

  • Cheyenne Chadney
    March 4, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Hi! My name is Cheyenne Chadney. I am 23 and trying to find information about my birth family. I was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and as far as I know my parents were born inside Canada. But i am having a very hard time finding information about my father, Norman Lawrence Chadney and my mother Joanne Lynn Gross. I know nothing about either side of my family and could really use some help.

    • Lillian
      April 8, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      Are you an adopted child? Are you trying to make contact with your birth family ?

      If so I may be able to give you some leads to follow up.

      Contact me and we’ll go from there.

      • Crystal Renee Pratt Hunt
        May 3, 2015 at 9:06 am

        Born 11/5/79 Louisville, Indiana, Tennessee, or KY through KY Baptist Board of Childcare Shelbyville Rd Louisville, KY Adoptive parents – Randolph and Rita Pratt – Erlanger, KY Birth Mother 16 yrs dk brown hair, Birth father 17 yrs med brown hair, both attended school & church together, birth father was also adopted; good students, athletic, had siblings, Not much to go on. Official adoption papers legalized June, 1980. Was placed with adoptive family on Nov. 28, 1979. All help would be greatly appreciated.

      • craig fisher
        June 26, 2015 at 4:21 am

        hi, im trying to find my birth parents and have had no success so far, I have my original birth certificate and my adoption certificate, I also have my birth name and my parents names, if you could please contact me it would be appreciated.. thanks

      • September 26, 2015 at 11:35 pm

        Looking for birth mother all i know her surname was Elliott and I was born feb 13 1950 in clarksburg wv, adopted by wm and esther hymes

      • Cheyenne Chadney
        October 22, 2015 at 7:47 am

        I was a foster child and I only know my parents I don’t know who any of their relatives are I know my grandparents are dead

        • Judy Schuur
          April 10, 2016 at 1:54 pm

          All of you need to join the Facebook group “Search Squad”. They help people find birth parents and their families. If you have names of relatives they are good at finding those relatives. It is a closed group.

  • Sharon
    February 26, 2015 at 4:11 am

    Anyone know of free records from kansas, esp Wyandotte county???
    I can find marriage records from Johnson county but absolutely nothing
    from Wyandotte.

    • Calvinia Hudson
      October 5, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Kansas Historical Society they are on line and have great resources, will copy articles about ancestors or towns and send it to you

  • February 23, 2015 at 9:38 am

    My name is Kim Melchior and I am a professional Genealogist specializing in Danish and Swedish research. I have a Facebook page called Scandinavian Genealogical Research Center and it is found here:
    When I find links and other tidbits I believe could be of interest to people interested in Scandinavian genealogy I post them on my Facebook page. I would like to invite you to take a look at the page and if you like what you see, like, share and follow it. I would also welcome a friendship request from you here on Facebook.
    Kim Melchior

  • Michelle Della Pelle
    February 21, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Big Problem….. My Italian heritage…. I am from New jersey. My hobby is genealogy. I have search my Della Pelle family in Penne, Abruzzo, Italy That I cannot find it. the reason… Very very very struggle frustration. My grandfather Aurelio Della Pelle was born and raised in SAME house in Penne…. I have no clue about his family in the past….. I cannot afford to fly to Italy cost me very expansive tickets and the hotels. The professional Italian Genealogy cost me between $1,900 to $5,000 or more. I am not rich. Because those Italian language is old style italic like 1800 AD. How you can help me to find in Penne, Abruzzo, Italy for me???

    • Nancy Averill
      February 21, 2015 at 10:57 am

      I found this on a passenger list, I don’t know if it is your relative but it lists father’s name.
      Name: Aurelio Della Pelle
      Arrival Date: 3 Apr 1922
      Birth Date: abt 1898
      Birth Location: Teramo
      Birth Location Other: penne
      Age: 24
      Gender: Male
      Ethnicity/ Nationality: Italian (South) (Italian)
      Port of Departure: Naples, Italy
      Port of Arrival: New York, New York
      Ship Name: Regina D Italia
      Search Ship Database: Search for the Regina D Italia in the ‘Passenger Ships and Images’ database Father: Franco Della Pelle
      Destination Quebec, Montrl

      There is a seven day free trial at the link below.

  • marilyn
    February 20, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    my sister and i have found a lot of great information by searching any states historical society. i.e., if i were looking for information on an ancestor who lived in mississippi i would simply key in MISSISSIPPI HISTORICAL SOCIETY. you have to dig around on the sites as each state sets theirs up differently. but, so far, most have census records, death records….all kinds of information and it is all FREE.

  • Cindy
    February 19, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I am trying to trace my husbands ancestry, original family name before coming to Canada from Holland was Van den Vorstenbosch.Once the family entered the country in the1960’s they dropped the Van den.Is there any free sites that may help me.?

  • February 19, 2015 at 10:53 am

    They have documents from ancient to the 21st century by century.

  • February 19, 2015 at 10:52 am

    The have ancient documents to the 21st century by Century.

  • Olga
    February 18, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Thank for the information
    I found my great gran father in family search. There are not many places to find family from Europe or Africa. Those are from American people.
    I still try to find my grand ma and my great gram I could not

  • Gail
    February 17, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    One of my favorite free websites is . I initially searched it because my great grandparents lived in Fulton, N.Y, but it covers the entire state. The site has newspapers from all over New York (and a handful from other states, too) and is easy to search. It is an absolute goldmine. But be forewarned. If you have family in New York, expect to spend at least a week sitting at the computer…it is almost impossible to pull yourself away!

  • T
    February 17, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Does any one have any pointers on finding data from Lithuania non Jewish?

  • Pam Mortensen
    February 17, 2015 at 10:28 am

    The only problem with is that when I find errors (and there have been many), there doesn’t seem to be a way to contact anyone to correct them. At least on Ancestry, I can leave a comment, whether or not the person who has made the mistake cares to pay attention, say thank you, or (last resort) fix i! This is distressing when it is MY family they are messing with! Any suggestions?

    • Roisin
      February 17, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Transcription errors can be quite common, When I cannot find someone that I am sure should be, I get creative on the search and search for just given names.

    • February 19, 2015 at 2:01 am

      Pam, I have a phone number that will help you with the problems you are having. They helped me bring one of my relatives back to life. 1-866-406-1830. Let me know if you get everything worked out or if you need anything else.

      I hope I was able to help you. Joyce Smith

    • genealogy lover
      February 21, 2015 at 11:17 am

      The new family search has a few ways of dealing with incorrect information…I’m not expert yet and I am sure there are more ways than I am aware of. I know that you can merge people and reject incorrect information when you are working on your family tree. Also, sometimes information is incorrect because for example…a census worker, back in the 1920’s, wrote phonetically how they thought the family’s information was spelled. I hope this helps you.

    • Wanda Daniel
      August 13, 2015 at 7:33 am

      I have also found incorrect information on Family Search. They did follow up on my emails promptly but even though the information for my great-grandmother is incorrect, they stated they checked the microfilm and because it’s that way on there they won’t correct it. So be cautious of info you find on websites…they may be incorrect!

  • Dave McDougle
    February 16, 2015 at 3:26 pm
    There are many personal benefits of membership but everyone in our community shares one mission: to connect the human family.
    Modern family history on WikiTree is private. As you go back in time the privacy controls open up.
    Collaboration between genealogists is kept enjoyable and productive through a simple nine-point honor code.

  • Susan
    February 16, 2015 at 7:07 am

    I have my family tree back to late 1700 but I was wondering how to find history from the UK. It is for my son-in-law. With my first grandchild on the way, I thought a family tree would be really cool for them

  • Leon Jose
    February 15, 2015 at 9:53 am

    hi, I am looking to trace down my family as far back as possible…the oldest relative that I know of, is Colonel Charles Young ( Charles Young was born March 12, 1864, in Mayslick, Kentucky)…my mothers relatives, are prejudice against african americans, so I have no clue about her family

    • Leon Jose
      February 15, 2015 at 9:58 am

      U.S. Army,,,,he was in command of a squadron of the famous 10th Cavalry,,,”A native of Kentucky he graduated with the class of 1889, 49th out of 49 graduates, at West Point, and reached his Majority in 1912. He was retired for physical disability early in World War I, with the rank of Colonel.”,,,He died on January 8, 1922 and his funeral was one of only a handful in history to be held at the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery. He is buried in Section 3 of the cemetery.

  • Heather
    February 15, 2015 at 5:17 am

    Does anyone know of a good FREE site for Colorado! Looking for marriage/death records.

    • Rober
      February 15, 2015 at 9:40 am

      Heather – At in their records collection you will find Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006 which can be searched by name. They also have images (but no index yet) of Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995. I didn’t note any death records there. is totally free.

    • Jim Church
      February 16, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      Visit your local LDS Library.. They have access to quite a few pay websites link and

      • Heather
        February 17, 2015 at 8:28 am

        We don’t have a LDS library in our area. I’ve subscribed to for a number of years, and had no luck with information for Colorado. I did not renew my subscription at this time.

        • Teresa
          February 18, 2015 at 11:49 am

          Heather just go to on the website there is a meetinghouse locator, plug in your area and it will give you the closest LDS church to you. The family history centers are actually in the church building and is staffed by volunteers at the church. They will be more than glad to help you with your search. If you run into a problem finding a local LDS family history center you can email me your address and I’ll find the closest one to you and send you their address, phone number and hours the center is open. Good luck with your searching.

    • Helen
      February 17, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Heather, you can also type in the name of your county and then Colorado and then the work linkpendium. It will call up a lot of sites for that county on the internet.

  • February 15, 2015 at 2:05 am

    Several Canadian census records are found on Split screen feature allows you to see the original and transcription at the same time.

  • Thomas
    February 14, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Many states have free GenWeb sites. Also don’t forget LDS. There is information on that site that extends into other countries and centuries back. Also don’t hesitate to search church records, and library newspaper archives.

  • February 14, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Let’s not forget our Ancestors Photos!

    Trace your roots for FREE with our searchable database containing thousands of identified and mystery photos for genealogy enthusiasts looking for long-lost family.

  • February 14, 2015 at 8:58 am

    The DAR has many records at their website for Revolutionary War era and forward. You can find some things out free of charge, but still have to pay for in-depth info. Still a good source to check and getting better all the time.

  • mireille sauve
    February 14, 2015 at 8:41 am

    looking for family tree of the Sauve and Sarault family tree> My grandpa came from Water Town NY like to find family there

  • February 14, 2015 at 7:36 am

    US and World GenWeb. Both free sites. Many early records; census, civil war; marriages; deaths; tombstone photos and surveys. All states and international.

  • February 14, 2015 at 7:33 am

    National website with many projects- census, gravestone pictures, early records…all states. Also World GenWeb. All free.

  • Jill
    February 14, 2015 at 12:29 am

    I don’t think anyone has posted – Findagrave has a lot of individual memorial pages, with a lot of them linked with their family members already. It’s been online for 15 years now and it’s growing bigger. It’s kinda like a community effort, where some people are the grave walkers and photographers, and others are the researchers who link people together by sending edits to the people that maintain the pages. They’ll even transfer your close relatives’ pages to you to maintain, if you ask. It has helped me piece together my family tree a whole lot. Still got a ways to go, though. But it helps me feel more like I’m visiting graves of my family members that I could never go so far away to ever visit them. And you can even leave “flowers” on their memorial pages. Just thought I’d suggest this and see if it might could help you all in your family searches.

    • Heather
      February 15, 2015 at 5:35 am

      Find A Grave is a wonderful site, I’ve been using it for years. I try to link as many family members and add additional information when ever I can.

    • Toot44
      February 18, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      FindAGrave was the 2nd free site mentioned in the lead article. It can be a great ‘clue’ resource, but don’t depend on it being accurate. Many Memorials are posted by Genealogy Societies from actual cemetery records or gravestones, but a lot are posted by individuals who do not have accurate information. This site is not a primary source for citing your research. However, I’ve been using it for years for research and clues.

  • February 13, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Free genealogy & history of Jones County, Iowa.

  • Jane Struckman
    February 13, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Looking for information on William Duncan (Dunkin) Austin killed in Hawkins, TX buried in Big Sandy Cemetery around 1910. His son, Moses, was living with him at that time.

  • Roisin
    February 12, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Researching in Arizona – birth certificates and death certificates – actual images – free – fully searchable

  • February 11, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    This is a site that is free and done by volunteers. The site offers a photograph of the gravestone or monument with a bio if applicable. You can view by county, name or cemetery. If you go to the bottom of the page see Other AGP Projects. There is Tennessee, Texas, Missouri and other states.

  • February 10, 2015 at 6:35 pm is a free collaborative website that includes 9,163,017 people contributed by 244,734 genealogists from around the world.

    • Kykendra
      May 2, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      Wikitree is an excellent resource! I am a frequent genealogist contributor on there, and the contact and collaboration with other members is fantastic and helps with accuracy.

  • Deanne
    February 10, 2015 at 6:50 am

    I found a site named with lots of free Native American info.

  • February 5, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Try our Free Genealogy Search Engine

    If you’re looking for a simple way to search many free genealogy sites at one time for your ancestors, try out our free genealogy search engine. We have included hundreds of sites that hold millions of records and resources (including those seen above), and we’re adding new sites all of the time.

  • kateherine prewitt
    March 16, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    what is the best site to find a lost sibling? have dob, father name, mother name, unknown last name of sibling. Do I have any chance of finding this person?

    • Jan
      February 18, 2015 at 10:09 am

      Hi I have Ancestry,com. If you’d like, I could do some look up’s for you to see what I can find out. They have almost all documents that might help! I would need those names, dates and where they possibly lived. Jan Nolan

    • Judy Schuur
      April 10, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      There is a closed group on Facebook that helps people find “lost” people. Their name is Search Squad. They can help you.

  • October 22, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Always search the Guild of One Name Studies http;// to see if anyone is studying your name. – See more at:

  • Jesse
    August 13, 2013 at 11:17 am is great and 100% free ( I use it myself).

  • July 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Over the years I have used the World Connect Project for a lot of free information

  • Bill
    June 6, 2013 at 8:33 am

    How can I find out my step dad’s social security number? He died in 78. Social Security Admin refuses to help since I’m a step son. His only daughter just died. I’m trying to sign up for the GM Legacy program and they need his SS # in order to find the right person.

  • RUTH T.
    May 6, 2013 at 8:29 am


  • Jason F
    April 14, 2013 at 8:04 am

    If you are looking for Dutch (Netherlands) vital records from 1811 forward, you can use It has a searchable database and scanned images of the actual documents, all available for free. The only downside is that the records are in Dutch, but that’s where comes in handy 🙂

  • April 13, 2013 at 10:34 am

    For researching Jewish heritage in Lithuania, don’t miss

    For Jewish heritage anywhere, is a must visit site. From there, one can find SIGs devoted to specific geographic areas and topics (Sephardic ancestry, Rabbinic ancestry, Vaudeville and Yiddish Theater plus more).

    For New York City and environs, don’t overlook the searchable indices to vital records and naturalizations at a virtual Jewish History website which includes hundreds of links to free databases such as Jewish cemeteries. – The Jewish Genealogical Society Inc., New York City.

  • Susan Sirles
    April 9, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Georgia’s Virtual Vault is a wonderful free site. Has some of the GA Confederacy Pension records and lots of GA history. Just found out about it myself a month ago.

  • April 8, 2013 at 10:25 am

    3 additional things that are free:
    1. Lookups free from Family History Library in SLC and other archives–sent via email in 3 days
    2. Online research group in Skype where you can get free help finding your ancestors (via instant messaging) from professional researchers
    3. Weekly webinars taught by professional researchers

  • Pam
    April 8, 2013 at 6:42 am

    For those researching in West Virginia, WV vital records are online for FREE at

  • Michelle
    April 8, 2013 at 5:32 am

    US Genweb –

    Rootsweb – While it is now owned by Ancestry, it is FREE.

    Northern New York Historical Newspapers –

  • Robert
    April 8, 2013 at 4:08 am

    My Genealogy Hound at is a free site to view thousands of family biographies from early and rare history and genealogy references. Also included is a collection of vinage county maps.

  • April 7, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Family Genealogy & History Internet Education Directory – Wiki:
    Scholarly mega site map of world wide Internet resources.
    Free Coverage of the Genealogy World in a Nutshell.

    Professional, worldwide humanities and social sciences mega portal,
    connected directly to numerously related sub-sets, with billions of
    primary/secondary database family history & genealogy records.

  • Sally
    April 7, 2013 at 12:39 pm
    All census records (except 1940), non-copyrighted books (fully downloadable), family histories, etc.

  • Yvonne
    April 7, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I love

  • April 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Always search the Guild of One Name Studies http;// to see if anyone is studying your name.

  • Pat W
    April 6, 2013 at 5:56 am

    If you are doing research in Missoui, you can’t beat Missouri Digital Heritage. I have accessed digital images of actual death certificates and probates records (wills).

    Plus, many libraries offer free access to HeritageQuest.

  • April 5, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    It seems like is coming along nicely and adding stuff all the time.

    • Toot44
      February 18, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      However, Billion Graves is no longer supported by; probably because they now own FindAGrave.

  • April 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    I’ve been using Open Library ( lately. It has many scanned in books that have had genealogy information in them. The books can be saved to the computer or kindle. I’ve checked Google Books for the same books and they don’t exist there. I also like to use Rootsweb, GenWeb, and message boards or forums.

    Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Search ~
    DAR Genealogical Research System ~
    Indiana Digital Archives ~
    Illinois Digital Archives ~
    Ed and Debby ~
    Tipton County, Indiana Newspapers ~

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