Have European Ancestry? Here are 30 Free Sites to Search

Have European Ancestry? Here are 30 Free Genealogy Sites to Search

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Genealogy research can be challenging enough, but moving beyond the borders of your own country to discover records in other nations can feel downright impossible at times. If you have European ancestry, one of the greatest challenges can simply be locating quality databases and resources that are affordable.

That’s why we’ve taken the time to build our free genealogy site finder, doGenealogy. doGenealogy lists dozens of places where you can search for your ancestors online without signing up for free trials or paying a membership fee. Many of these no-cost sites have been created by government institutions for the public good, or by dedicated volunteers, and offer record collections found nowhere else.

Below you will find 30 of these resources, providing access to free genealogy records and helpful information for various locations in Europe. After the main list you will also find these resources, and others, sorted by country. Not all European countries are included, only those we currently have several sites for in our database.

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Some sites in the list may provide records and information for various locations and some resources for researching your ancestors post emigration are also included. Each link points to a full description of the site on doGenealogy. From there, you can easily visit the site or save it to your Research List. We hope this collection will help you locate your European ancestors. Good luck!

30 Free Genealogy Sites for Researching Your European Ancestry

1. Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives

2. Scottish BMD Exchange

3. LitvakSIG

4. The National Archives of Ireland

5. Avotaynu

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6. EastEuropeGenWeb

7. German Genealogy Server

8. FreeREG

9. GeneaFrance

10. Dos Bundesarchiv

11. National Archives Censuses of Iceland

12. IrishGenealogy.ie

13. Släktdata

14. WorldGenWeb Project

15. Danish Family Search

16. Fichier Origine

17. British Library, India Office

18. The All Galicia Database

19. Ireland & United KingdomGenWeb

20. RomanyGenes

21. Italian Genealogical Group

22. Welsh Genealogy

23. BritRoyals


25. Genealogia W Archiwach

26. Commonwealth War Graves Commission

27. WieWasWie

28. German Genealogy Group

29. National German Grave Registration

30. UK National Archives

If you need more help with your European genealogy research check out our online course, which includes help on finding and using European and foreign language resources through simple lessons, activities and discussions.

Free European Genealogy Sites by Country

  • Polish Genealogy
  • Lithuanian Genealogy
  • Norwegian Genealogy
  • Welsh Genealogy
  • Scottish Genealogy
  • Swedish Genealogy
  • English Genealogy
  • Dutch Genealogy
  • Finnish Genealogy
  • Italian Genealogy
  • Irish Genealogy
  • German Genealogy
  • French Genealogy

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13 thoughts on “Have European Ancestry? Here are 30 Free Genealogy Sites to Search”

  1. I have been in search of the Kruger hidden treasures,I have clue and some map from the elder just need team and some capital for the adventure it is located at South Africa

  2. I have traced family to the 1800s in Spain. Where do I go to find more records?

  3. I am looking for Transylvanian and Austro Hungarian heritage, you don’t seem to have it. Please can you let me know where I can find information that I am looking for.

  4. Catherine Wilkinson

    My ancestors, on my other family in California, are spread all over from Scotland; Ireland; England to Switzerland, France and Netherlands.
    I have started researching enough of Scotland, Ireland and England. The other three Countries are still knew to me, would really like to find out how much more there is to my ancestors.
    My Reagan family, on the east side of the States (New York). Are Irish and I just started putting the information on the Ancestry
    which really paid off. I still don’t know a lot but some how people contact and ask questions. Most of them do not connect..
    Would like to know more if someone could direct me.

  5. The links seem to be broken. After clicking I end up neither on the external resource nor on a page dedicated to it, but on a generic page with articles filtered by some tag.

  6. my fathers parents came to Canada Feb 1927 along with my father and his sister sometime just before WW2 his parents and sister and brother born in Canada went back to europe can you find when they left and where or what country they went to I understand my grandmother (fathers mother) and sister and brother ended up in a concentration camp Stefan Zimmer Elisabeth Zimmer children Mary and Joe — born in Canada Fathers name Peter Joseph nicknamed Bob father did not return to Europe

  7. Dear Sirs,
    I’m Brazilian and I’m looking for the City in Portugal in wich my granfather was born, in December 18, 1920.
    He was called José Fernandes do Amaral, his father name was Manoel Fernandes do Amaral and his mother name was Maria Moniz.
    He married my grandmother in july 14, 1924, here in Rio de Janeiro/Brazil.
    He came to Brazil in 1920, and died here in January 10, 1959, when he was 58 years old.
    Can you help me in my reaearch please.
    Looking foward hearing from you,
    Lucia Helena S..Rocha

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