Saturday, October 17, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Top 10 Free Genealogy Sites

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:

 It's Saturday Night again - 

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1) Last week we defined our top 5 or 10 fee-based genealogy websites.  This week, let's define our Top 10 Free Genealogy Websites!

2)  List your Top 10 (or 20 if you want!) FREE based genealogy sites, and a short reason for listing them.

3)  Share your list on your own blog, in a comment on this post, or on Facebook.  Please leave a link to your list wherever it is.

Here's my Top 10:

1. FamilySearch ( - Owned by LDS Church
2. Find A Grave ( -Owned by
  • Over 190 Million Memorials, Many With Gravestone Photos
  • Some With Vital Record Information, Biographies or Obituaries
  • Has a Primitive Search Engine.  Ancestry Has Better Search Engine.
  • Search by Name, Location, Birth/Death Years, With a Specific Cemetery
  • Registered Volunteers Can Create Memorials, Upload Photos, etc.
  • Registered Users Can Request Photos
  • Has a Mobile App
3. Google (
4. Chronicling America ( ) - Library of Congress
  • Directory of All U.S. Newspapers Published 1690-Present
  • Over 2,000 Newspaper Titles Digitized, 1789-1963: Over 17 Million Pages Digitized
  • Not All Issues of Every Newspaper
  • Advanced Search Engine Permits: Select by State; Select Specific Newspaper; Select Year or Date Range
5 . WikiTree (Collaborative Tree): - Volunteer Effort
  • Over 25 million User-created Profiles
  • Users Can Add, Edit, or Merge Profiles with Events, Notes, Sources, Media, etc.
  • Profiles are Managed by Users and Curators 
6. (
7. Family Tree Webinars: - Owned by
  • 90-Minute Webinars with Noted Genealogists. Need to Register for Each.
  • Free to View Live or For One Week After Live Presentation
  • $50 Yearly Subscription for Archived Webinars (with Handouts)
  • Over 1,400 Webinars in Archive.
8. Cyndi's List ( -- Volunteer, FREE Genealogy Links Website
  • Over 220 Categories; Each has Sub-Categories and Related Categories
  • Over 335,000 Links; Constantly Updated
  • Readers can Submit a New Link, and Report a Broken Link
9. RootsWeb ( - Owned by
10. U.S. GenWeb ( )
  • FREE Genealogy Information by Many Volunteers
  • Organized by States and Counties
  • Information may be maps, text, lists, indexes, links
  • Has U.S. GenWeb Archives ( )
The next 10 FREE Genealogy Websites:

11. Internet Archive: - digitized books and records

12. U.S. National Archives (NARA):

13.  Evidence Explained:

15. U.S. BLM General Land Office:

16. Joe Beine's Death Indexes: and more sites!

17. Olive Tree Genealogy:

18. Steve Morse One-Step Website:

19.  Billion Graves: - more cemetery records

20.  The Family History Guide:

One more:

21.  Facebook: - has many family, company and society pages and groups - need to like Pages and join Groups.

I have many more sites on my Genealogy Links page -

These are the sites that I use to find genealogy records, genealogy community, and learn about genealogy.

I did not add links to genealogical or historical societies, software companies, genealogy blogs, YouTube channels, etc.  

I know I've missed or forgotten about some websites - I look forward to exploring some that others comment on.


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Lois Willis said...

Here's mine

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here are my 10 (actually 12).

Janice M. Sellers said...

Here are my 10 (actually 12 also!):

Seeds to Tree said...

So many to chose. Here are mine:
1. familysearch - probably my favorite of all, so many records!
2. My Local library - From the comfort of my home I can research using, genealogybank, ancestry (library edition thus overseas records) fold3, and many more. Daily go-to.
3. theancestorhunt - listing of free newspapers in little known places, from all over the world
4. facebook - good overseas information including volunteers who help translate
5. findagrave - many comments already written that I agree with
6. fultonhistory - aka old fulton postcards - many NY newspapers where I've broken down brick walls
7. cyndislist - new place? where do you find records? here!
8. google - I google "Google Germany" on German records to find much more info especially about histories of small towns
9. wikipedia - I'm doing alot of background historical research, so I've been depending on the wiki for info
10. Conferencekeepers - I look weekly for interesting online classes to improve my research and writing.

Marian B. Wood said...

I've added the excellent website The Ancestor Hunt ( to my list of "free or fee" genealogy sites. Plus sometimes it really does pay to pay for a record. Here's my post and thanks for the challenge!

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here's my link, a little late. I found a BSO to chase on a collateral line that has kept me busy this morning. :)

M. Diane Rogers said...

Here is my Top Ten list:

Tess said...

A bit late to the party, but here's my list :)