Genealogists have no shortage of online resources available to them. In fact, a search for genealogy websites results in more than 600 million hits. Online records and key information about your ancestors have never been more available, but how can you know which genealogy websites are worthwhile and which you should pass on?
This guide provides the answers and resources you need to maximize your research on the Internet, with comprehensive lists of genealogy websites that can provide clues for expanding your family tree. The eBook also features in-depth guides to performing specific research tasks, such as finding free digitized books and tracing your roots overseas.
Whether you're surfing the web for the first time or you're a seasoned Internet pro, this eBook will help you make the most of the thousands of online genealogy resources.
Who Should Get This eBook
You'll love the Ultimate Genealogy Websites Guide eBook if...
- You're looking for new and better ways to use the latest genealogy web resources—including some you haven't yet heard of
- You want to dig deeper into your most-visited genealogy websites like Ancestry.com and FamilySearch
- You'd like to know how to find and use other resources on the Internet in your research
The Ultimate Genealogy Websites Guide eBook features 138 pages including:
- Links to hundreds of genealogist-approved websites to use in your research, from big names like Ancestry.com to sites operated by state archives
- Tips for using "non-genealogy" resources like social media outlets and Google
- Detailed comparison guides for some of the web's most-useful genealogy websites, including Ancestry.com, MyHeritage, Findmypast, Find a Grave, and FamilySearch
Contents of the Ultimate Genealogy Websites Guide eBook:
- Searching Smarter: Genealogists, start your search engines and speed to the online ancestor information you need. By Nancy Hendrickson.
- Crown Jewels: These 101 Best Genealogy Websites will give your family history the royal treatment. By David A. Fryxell. (NEWLY UPDATED)
- 75 Best State Genealogy Websites: Find your ancestors across the country with this year's list of the best state- and local-focused websites. By Rick Crume. (NEWLY UPDATED)
- The Fab Four: It was a hard day's night before rockstars Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage stepped onto the stage. Here's how the "Fab Four" genealogy websites compare. By Sunny Jane Morton. (NEWLY UPDATED)
- Free and Easy: Though a subscription website, Ancestry.com offers several great features even for free users. Here are seven of our favorites. By Nancy Hendrickson. (NEW)
- Lucky 13: Set yourself up for research success with these 13 tips for using the free megasite FamilySearch.org. By Andrew Koch.
- Globetrotting: MyHeritage has digitized records from around the world. Here’s how to find them using the site’s main search form. By Daniel Horowitz and Daniella Levy. (NEW)
- Heavyweights: Document your favorite cemeteries this fall using cemetery websites. We look at the pros and cons of the three largest: BillionGraves, Find a Grave, and Interment.net. By Sunny Jane Morton.
- Titans of Industry: Looking for digitized newspapers? We’ve got the scoop on five newspaper giants: Newspapers.com, GenealogyBank, NewspaperArchive, Chronicling America and Fulton History. Here’s how they compare. By Sunny Jane Morton (NEW)
- Moving Along: Nowadays, the web is where to look for your ancestors' immigration records. Start your searches for ships' passenger lists and other documents at these 15 websites. By David A. Fryxell.
- The Best British Websites: Discover your English and Welsh ancestors' records in these 29 must-search genealogy websites. By Rick Crume.
- Sturm und Drang: Brave the stormy depths of your ancestry with these 12 German genealogy websites. By James M. Beidler.
- True North: Trace your family history across "the Great White North" with these 14 Canadian genealogy websites. By Rick Crume.
- Jewish Roots Online: Utilize the latest tools in Jewish genealogy with these top websites and online resources. By Ellen Shindelman Kowitt.
- Black Roots Online: Tap into these 12 premier websites for finding African American ancestors. By Shamele Jordon. (NEW)
- Power Tools: These 15 free, world-class Google tools help you organize your genealogy, find old records and more. By Rick Crume.
- Fan Favorites: Rock out by following these chart-topping genealogy and history accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube. By Rachel Fountain.
- Hello, Trello!: Create a research plan, take notes, and organize your genealogy life with the free Trello app. Here’s how to get started. By Lisa A. Alzo.
The Ultimate Genealogy Website Guide eBook (138 pages) comes in PDF format and can be printed out or viewed on your tablet, laptop or desktop computer for easy reference while working with your family memories. Portions of this eBook were originally published in Family Tree Magazine.
Note that links to genealogy websites and advice for navigating them were accurate as of this ebook's publication. Links or navigational details may have changed between this ebook's publication and the time of your reading. Always verify with the latest information.