Free Genealogy on the Web

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 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:



The Genealogue


If you know of other sites I would really appreciate you letting me know.

5 thoughts on “Free Genealogy on the Web

  1. I haven’t checked out MyHeritage yet. Hope to have time over Christmas break, thanks for the link.

    I have a few favorites. Find-a-Grave, the 1901 & 1911 Canadian census, the two Making of America sites at UMich & Cornell both underused by genealogists! I have some others. Check my link list.

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  3. There are 2 very good sites that I’ve learned of just in last few months. They both have good free tips and ‘how to’ info, but also have some links to some paid stuff. Still both worth the time.

    1930 Census website at
    Great overview of all U.S. Census years and other intersting facts.

    NY Arrivals site at
    A good overall site about immigration, but the best part here is the Search ISTG link which does a better job of finding FREE immigrant ship passenger data than the Immigran Ships own site.

    Just my 2 cents…

    Bill W.
    Brighton MA

  4. Thanks Bill. I appreciate the input. I have found some other excellent blog sites so sometime this month I’m going to post an update of my list.

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