My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Top Ten -- Free Genealogy Sites

This short list was done because I have several new genealogists following my site. If any "seasoned" genealogists have additional FREE sites, please feel free to post them in my comments section.

Find-A-Grave (52 million grave records, many with photos) at

Google searches, Google Alerts and Google Books

DAR -- Daughters of the American Revolution (great site for seeing if your ancestor was a Revolutionary War patriot) at

Family Search (LDS site with millions of records, many images of actual records).

Ellis Island site with emigration and naturalization records.

RootsWeb (site is free and owned by (subscription site).

The US GenWeb Project.

Dutch Door Genealogy.

Internet Archive.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

Special Mention:
Cynthia Shenette of Heritage Zen wrote a wonderful article in which she did a lot of research, and explains step by step what was done and what needs to be done. She doesn't subscribe to Ancestry either.  Please read Researching the Coldbrook Tragedy (4 parts)  Note:  Cynthia has a very long list of genealogy sites at the end of her Heritage Zen home page. Scroll all the way down.

ADDITIONAL SITES RECOMMENDED BY OTHERS (See Comments.) They are excellent.

Nancy suggested:  Cyndi's List

Gretta suggested:  The Bureau of Land Management

Heather suggested:   Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness 


Nancy said...

This for this list, Barbara. You reminded me of a few I'd forgotten about. I haven't been to Cyndi's List for a while - that might be one you want to mention. And I have a few links to free sites on the left side of my blog. Is it cheating to tell you to go look at my blog (because I can't remember them)?
Nancy from My Ancestors and Me at

Wendy said...

These are some of the best sites out there, especially the LDS's new records project! I can't recommend that site enough for folks looking for freebies. Excellent list!

Heather Rojo said...

Here are some of my favorites to add to your list:
Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

Caleb Johnson's Mayflower Pilgrim website (it's so good the General Society of Mayflower Descendants recommends it!)

Another good Mayflower site

Cynthia Shenette said...

Barbara - Thank you so much for mentioning my blog. I appreciate your kind words. FYI, I updated the links at the very bottom of my blog. I list the sites that I use the most. I hope other people may find them helpful as well. Most are either free or minimal cost. I appreciate the value of the pay sites, but am amazed at how much is still free.

Greta Koehl said...

The Bureau of Land Management - GLO ( is also very good, especially now that you can pull up the location on a map.

Jo said...

The "Debt of Honour Register" is the Commonwealth War Grave Commission's database listing the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars and the 23,000 cemeteries, memorials and other locations worldwide where they are commemorated. The register can also be searched for details of the 67,000 Commonwealth civilians who died as a result of enemy action in the Second World War.