There are many people who don’t like the notion that companies are making money off our ancestors. I couldn’t agree more. Also, what gives Governments the right to ask me to pay for my own family’s records? There is yet another grass roots movement on the web to undermine these corporations and I love it. Free databases are springing up through the tireless efforts of like-minded people. Praise goes to those volunteers who are working diligently to enter the data. The idea that individuals are working away like an ant colony is exactly in tune with modern developments on the web. There are millions of people independently working to take back what is their own. Following is a list of my favorites:
WorldGenWeb Project -The mother load
FreeBMD -UK Roots-web project
UK Census On Line -Census Roots-web project.
UK Parish Records -UK Roots-web Parish Records.
British Isles GenWeb Project -The UK mother load.
US & Canada
MyHeritage -You will find databases here that you don’t even know exist. The search is free. The search engine results will show a long list of databases, not all will be free and some will surprise you.
Ellis Island -Free search for immigrants.
The Olive Tree Genealogy -Very hit or miss and not totally free.
Genealinks -US marriages site.
Ancestor Search -More free stuff including passenger lists. This is a genealogy search engine and the results often seem to end up at ancestry.com. Fine if it hits you.
GeneaBios -US site for historical biographies.
StumbleUpon -This is a social networking site with a genealogy group. People in the group like posting their favorite links. Not all free of course. You do have to join (free) to access the groups.
Personal Blog Sites
Personal sites with all sorts of information and great links:
If you know of other sites I would really appreciate you letting me know.