The Genealogy Course: trace family histories

Lesson 6: 99 Great Online Genealogy Resources

There are many resources now available on the Internet for researching your family tree. The databases for these sites are constantly growing and much of your research can be done for free. Below we have listed the 99 best sites for genealogical research.

RootsWeb Surname List

Over 1 million surnames available to search.
My Trees In exchange for 5 minutes of work extracting names you will get 1 hour free to search there online database.

Debt of Honour

Register A database of almost 2 million commomwealth forces members who fought and died during the first and second world wars.

U.S. Federal Land Patent Records

This is a free online database of Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States and also contains images of more than two million Federal land title records issued between 1820 and 1908 for the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. -

Free Cemetery Records Online A free genealogy database containing over 3 million records from over 5000 cemeteries worldwide.

German Military Grave Registration Service

Free German genealogy database that has more than 2 million names of missing and dead German soldiers from World War I and World War II.


Select a French département to access online databases containing free transcriptions of French civil registration records of birth, marriage, and death.

New Brunswick Provincial Archives - Online Research

Utah Burials & Cemeteries Database

Covers 400.000 burials in 321 cemeteries in Utah. Enciclopedia Heráldica Hispano-Americana A database of over 15,000 Spanish names.

Distant Cousin

Numerous searchable databases

Danish Emigration Archives

This is a database of emigrants compiled by the Copenhagen police from 1869 to 1940. Cyndi's List This website has listings for over 150,000 genealogy websites on the Internet, most of them free.

Dutch Genealogy

If you have ancestors from the Netherlands, then this website is a must visit for you.

JewishGen Family Finder

This database lists over 80,000 Jewish ancestral names cross referenced to their town name. Archives Office of Tasmania Index of Tasmanian wills, probate records and naturalization applications from 1835 to 1905.

Utah Census Search

Database of Utah federal census records for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880.

My Cinnamon Toast

A website that specializes in surname research. It has links to many of the surname research sites on the Internet.

Olive Tree Genealogy

Over 1500 genealogy databases for you to search.

Michigan Genealogical Death Indexing System

Michigan death records for the years 1867 to 1884.

Wisconsin Historical Society - Wisconsin Name Index

Over 150,000 obituaries and other records for Wisconsin.

Ancestor Super Search

Almost 1.5 million English birth, marriage, death, and census records for 1755 to 1891.

Scottish Documents

Search over 520,000 Scottish wills and testaments dating from 1500 to 1901

AfriGeneas Library

If you have African ancestry you should search this database of surnames, slave manifests, deed abstracts, slave bills of sale, school rosters, and city directories.

Obituary Central

Searching for a death record in the U.S. or Canada? This is the website to start at.

Glossary of Last Name Meanings & Origins

If you want to know the meaning and origin of your surname then this is the place to look. You can even submit your surname to be researched.

National Archives of Ireland - Transportation Records

Database Records relating to the transportation of convicts from Ireland to Australia from 1788 to 1868 are available for research on this site.

RootsWeb Mailing List Archives

Many tips, surname questions and other helpful items are available in this archive.

Galveston Immigration Database

You can search this database for immigrants that arrived by ship in Galveston, Texas.

The Olden Times - Historic Newspapers Online

Scanned images of actual newspapers from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries are available here.

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

This is a database of over 4000 volunteers from around the world who will do research for you. Expenses are your responsibilty..

Australia - WWII Nominal Roll

A database of Australian service records from WWII.

Our Timelines - Timeline Creator

Create a timeline of historical events for inclusion in your genaealogical records.

Free Genealogy Translations

You can get genealogical records translted from 27 languages here.

GenCircles - Global Tree

You can search over 32 million names here.

Ohio Death Certificate Index

2 million records for individuals who have died in Ohio.

Census Links

Search millions of birth, death, marriage and census transcriptions on the Internet.

1851 Scottish Census & Other Records

You can search for Scottish ancestors here.

North Dakota Naturalization Records Database

A database of naturalization records for North Dakota.

Avotaynu Consolidated Jewish Surname Index A database of 1/2 million Jewish surnames.

Bremen Passenger Lists 1920-1939

A database of emigrants form Bremen, Germany

The Mexico / Arizona Database

An index of 18,000 Hispanics who lived in Arizona before 1875.

Japanese Immigrants to the United States, 1887-1924

A database of Japanese immigrants to primarily Utah, Idaho and Wyoming.


Free software for genealogical note-taking.

Find Your Family Tree

This is a collection of already existing family trees that you can search. Over 65 million names are in the database.


Probably the largest genealogical website on the Internet. This is a must visit website.

Lineage's Record Vault

Search through hundreds of thousands of names in this free datbase of records from the US and England.

Archivia Net -

Canada You can search this database of more than 600,000 members of the
Canadian Expeditionary Forces that were enlisted during WWI.

Geneabios -

Biographies for Genealogy Find biographies for everyday people at this site or submit you own.

British Columbia, Canada -

Vital Records Search for birth, marriage or death registrations in British Columbia. -

Free Trial You can get a 14 day free trial to search the over 1 billion names available on this site. You have to give your CC info. Be sure to cancel before the trial period is over or you will be charged.

The Digital Archives of Norway

Database of Norwegian censuses for 1660, 1801, 1865, 1875 and 1900, lists of Norwegians in U.S. censuses, military rolls, probate registers, church registers and emigrant records.

1901 Census for England & Wales

You can search through this database of over 30 million people who lived in England and Wales in 1901.

Obituary Daily Times

This is an ever-growing index of obituauries from all over the world going back to 1995.

Rootsweb - World Connect Project A database of 3 billion names in over 300,000 family trees which can be searched online for free.

International Genealogical Index

Here you can find vital records for over 285 million deceased persons from all over the world. Dating from the early 1500's to the 1900's.

Canadian County Digital Access Project

A database of property owners from 1874 to 1881.

USGenWeb Archives

You can search hundreds of thousands of county and state records through this single website.

US Social Security Death Index

A database of 62 million Americans who have died can be searched online here.

Hamburg Emigration Lists

This is a database of 5 million emigrants from Hamburg, Germany for the years 1850 to 1934.

The Genealogical Server (GenServ)

Over 21 million individual's names are included in the databases available on this site. You get one free surname search.

inGeneas Database

This database contains the records of over 50,000 Canadian immigrants from 1750 to 1900.

Books We Own

This site has over 1500 volunteers who will do genealogical look-ups in books that they have access to.

Australian War Memorial

Through this site you can search the records of Australian military personell.


Archival Research Catalog Links to databases of interest to genealogical researchers.

Ellis Island -

American Family Immigration History Center Database of over 22 million immigrants who entered through the Port of New York and Ellis Island from 1892-1924.

New South Wales Registry of Births, Marriages & Deaths

A database of births deaths and marriages in New South Wales, Australia covering dates from 1788 to 1945.

FamilySearch -

Free Census Search A free database of the 1880 U.S. Census, 1881 British Isles Census, and 1881 Canadian Census.
Illinois State Archives Find Illinois ancestors online through this database of Illinois records.

Ancestral Findings-Free Genealogy Lookups You can get one free genealogy research each day through this service.

Legacy Family Tree - Free Genealogy Software Free software for making your family tree.

England & Wales Vital Records From Free BMD Over 66 million unique records form civil registration in 1837 to date.

US Geographic Names Information Server A database of 2 million place names in the US
Genealogy Help List Help from volunteers from around the world.


Free Genealogy Charts & Forms From Family Tree Magazine

Digital Library of Virginia

Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild

Le Dictionnaire Tanguay

Kentucky Vital Records

Family Search Research Help

US Civil War Soldiers & Sailors

Canadian Genealogy center

Native American Genealogy

Grave Matter

Cousin Connect

Index Of Irish Newspaper Announcements

California Death Records 1940-1997

Indiana Naturalization Database

Manitoba Vital Statistics


DAR Patriot Index Volunteer Lookup Service

WWI U.S. Draft Registrations

Pennsylvania Digital Archives

Newspaper Abstracts

Maryland State Archives - Free Genealogy Indexes

Digital Library of Historical Directories

Oregon Historical Records Index

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