Best Free Genealogy Websites

Everyone has their “go-to” websites that they often use to find genealogy resources and information. Here is a list of my favorites for the U.S., Canada, and the UK; and everyone is Free!

Access Genealogy

  • Transcribed U.S. genealogy records

Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center

  • Genealogy collections and records

American History & Genealogy Project

  • Transcribed U.S. genealogy records

Ancestry Free Index Collections

  • Genealogy collections and records

Automated Genealogy

  • Indices to Canadian Censuses


  • Links to Canadian Genealogy websites

Castle Garden

  • Immigration records

Chronicling America

  • Digitized U.S. newspapers

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database

  • Civil War veteran records

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

  • Commemoration of war dead from World War I and II

Cyndi’s List

  • List of links to genealogy-related resources

David Rumsey’s Historical Maps

  • 120,000 worldwide maps

Dead Fred

  • Miscellaneous searchable photo database

Death Indexes

  • Links to death, cemetery, and obituary collections


  • Search facility for genealogical collections and records

Ellis Island

  • Immigration records


  • Search facility for genealogical records

FamilySearch Catalog

  • Genealogical materials; mostly browsing

FamilySearch Wiki

  • Links and information for collections and records


  • Cemetery and Burial records and tombstone photos

Free BMD

  • England and Wales birth, marriage, and death records


  • UK Census Records

Freedmen’s Bureau Online

  • African-American Collections


  • UK records from Parish Registers

Fulton History

  • Over 50 million digitized newspaper pages

Genealogy Trails

  • Transcribed U.S. genealogy records


  • United Kingdom and Ireland collection links

German Genealogy Group

  • Mostly New York records


  • Genealogy resources search

Google Books

  • Digitized books

Guild of One Name Studies

  • Worldwide Surname Research


  • Digitized books and other printed materials

I Dream of Genealogy

  • List of links to genealogy-related resources

  • Cemetery and Burial records

Internet Archive

  • Genealogy records, newspapers, and related collections

Irish Genealogy

  • Variety of church & civil records including vital records

Italian Genealogical Group

  • New York City records

Jewish Gen

  • Jewish genealogy records

LDS Genealogy

  • List of links to genealogy-related resources

Library and Archives Canada

  • Canadian Genealogy records

Library of Congress Digital Collections

  • Genealogy collections and records


  • List of links to genealogy-related resources

Lowcountry Africana

  • African American Genealogy in SC, GA and FL

Midwest Genealogy Center

  • Regional genealogy plus railroad pension records

National Archives and Records Administration

  • Genealogy collections and records

National Archives Resources for Genealogists

  • Links to genealogical records and collections

National Cemetery Administration

  • Veterans cemetery records

New Horizons Genealogy

  • Transcribed U.S. genealogy records,  New England

New York Public Library Digital Collections

  • Over 900,000 digitized items

Olive Tree Genealogy

  • Ship passenger lists and other genealogy records

One-Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse

  • Links to search genealogical records and collections

Patriot and Grave Registry

  • Revolutionary War grave and patriot information

Reclaim the Records

  • Genealogy collections and records

  • Huge genealogy community

Sanborn Maps

  • Fire Insurance maps that show building details

The Ancestor Hunt

  • Links to genealogical records and collections

The Official Land Records Site

  • Federal land title records from 1788

US GenWeb

  • Transcribed U.S. genealogy records

US GenWeb Archives

  • Transcribed U.S. genealogy records


  • Worldwide genealogy records

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

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