Is your family history tied to Europe at all? Even if you consider yourself Chinese, African, Indian, Palestinian or any other very non-European heritage, odds are there's a bit of European history mixed in with your family somewhere along the line.
A very extensive collection of Europeana can be found at...Europeana!
There is a lot of material here from several hundred sources throughout Europe. Museums, libraries, universities, governments and cultural institutions have all collaborated to create an easy-to-use single point of access to a vast swath of European history and culture.
Sayid Mahid, back in the day
Truth be told, the odds of actually finding a family connection in the Europeana collection are slim...the emphasis here is on the famous people, artifacts and icons of the ages. But searching is easy and quick, so the archives here are definitely worth a look.
And if you're at all like me, you'll enjoy getting sidetracked in history, even if your great great grandma isn't anywhere in sight.
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.