While searching for your family history, you've no doubt already hit the main sites and services online. But there are a ton of free resources that are incredibly valuable and not very well-known. That's what Free Genealogy Tools is all about. Each new post will explore a new site you can use to research your family's origins in great depth.
But first, I have to mention two subscription services that are well worth the cost, and that also offer some useful freebies.
Ancestry.comThis is the richest, quickest source of family history info on the web. You can search the site for free, though, to see what sort of info is available.
NewspaperArchive.comA fantastic resource... I've been a subscriber for years. Just about everyone's family gets into the newspapers at one time or another, with events large or small. This is the place to dig it all up.