Research Toolkit

Looking for a list of free genealogy sites to search? Here are 8 no-cost family history resources where you will find birth, marriage and death records, obituaries, cemetery listings, newspaper articles, biographies, research tips and so much more.

  • Family Search: Largest collection of free genealogical records in the world.
    • It's all about family. FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. FamilySearch believes that families bring joy and meaning to life.
     
  • WikiTree: Enormous collaborative family tree.
    • WikiTree's mission is to grow a free family tree that connects us all and is freely accessible to everyone. WikiTree is open to everyone. They are creating The Free Family Tree. There are no "premium" memberships and nobody is charged for access to anything. Ever.
     
  • Find a Grave: Locate your ancestors in cemeteries across the globe
    • See the graves of thousands of famous people from around the world. Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials, add 'virtual flowers' and a note to a loved one's grave, etc.
     
  • US National Archives: official US National Archives site, many free genealogy databases and resources
    • The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever.
    • Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family's history, need to prove a veteran's military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.
     
  • USGenWeb Project :Massive free genealogy resource directory by US state and county.
    • The USGenWeb Project is a group of volunteers working together and having fun providing free online genealogy help and information for every U.S. state and county. Their national site provides links to state sites, which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties. They also sponsor important Special Projects, gathering useful data you can access for free.
     
  • WorldGenWeb Project :Genealogy resources by country and region, not to miss
    • The WorldGenWeb Project is a non-profit, volunteer based organization dedicated to providing genealogical and historical records and resources for world-wide access!