Sunday, September 20, 2009

Free Genealogy Tools: Our Story So Far


Every few weeks, we do a quick recap.

The Free Genealogy Tools blog is devoted to discovering genealogy resources that are free, high-quality, and not always well-known, even to aficionados of family history research.


Here's what we've highlighted so far:



SSDI -- More than 80 million death records

Free Civil War Military Records

FamilySearch.org from the Mormons

Free Newspaper Archives and Historical Articles

Free World War II Military Records

Buffalo Bill, 1875
Medieval Soldier Military Records (That's right...Knights!)

Millions of Family History Records from Canada

Immigrants from Europe

New York City Family History

National Gravesite Locator for Veterans

World War I and World War II British Commonwealth Deaths

Search Millions of Ancestor Records in an Instant (with free Census info, to boot)

Search 35 Million Grave, Burial, and Cemetery Records for Free

Half a *billion* free records from Ancestry.com, at WorldConnect

Five Centuries of British Family History Records

Proceedings of the Old Bailey Criminal Court in London

Finding Free Obituaries

Finding People Who Are Still Living

Searching for Family History in Old Books, Online and For Free

Some Civil War Genealogy Resources You May Not Know About

Family History in Free Online Photo and Film Archives: Part I

What's In a Name? More Than You Think!

Some Military Family History Resources That You May Not Know About

Family History Grab Bag!

The Painful-Yet-Worthwhile Making of America

Family History Research at the National Archives: More Online Than You Know

Free Lexis-Nexis for Family History Research

Anacleto Ebooks: Worth a Look for a Quick Family History Search

How Popular Are You? (In a Family History Sense, That Is)

What the Bourne Identity Can Tell You About Your Family History (Really!)

Happy Birthday, Ancestors

Free Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

The Family History Archives at BYU

Searching Ships Passenger Lists

Forces Reunited: Searching UK Military Records



Geographical Origins of a Million Surnames










Visit the main page of Free Genealogy Tools for more, umm, free genealogical tools. 

And don't forget to also check for your family history at Ancestry.com and NewspaperArchive.com.These are subscription databases, but they are among the most powerful research tools available for looking into family roots











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