25 Best Genealogy Websites for Beginners

Title: 25 Best Genealogy Websites for Beginners

Author: Sunny Jane Morton, Family Tree Magazine

Full Text & Source: http://www.familytreemagazine.com/article/25-best-genealogy-websites-for-beginners

The Internet, Online, 7/06/2016

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Hit the online road with this travel guide of starter tips and sites guaranteed to rev up your ancestral search.

1. About.com

Dive into dozens of how-to articles on research basics, online searching, and sharing and preserving the past. You won’t do actual research on this site, but you’ll learn a lot. Because each article leads to more detailed and related articles on the same site, it’s easy to lose track of what you’ve read. Refer back frequently to the three main topics tabs (Learn How, Search Online, Share and Preserve) if you want to read systematically through everything offered.

2. Ancestry.com

Take the most-used genealogy data subscription site for a spin. Anyone can click on the Learning Center tab and then First Steps for a site orientation. Many how-tos in the Family History 101 section are free to use, too. Once you have a membership, you can search digitized records and indexes from around the world. Use the Family Tree tab (if you’re a member—not if you’re using Ancestry.com at a library) to create your family tree and post photos and stories, which you may share with others.

3. Afrigenes

Providing education and resources for those researching African-American roots, this unique site hosts regular opportunities for users to communicate with one another. Start with the Beginner’s Guide under the Records tab, then search marriage, death, surname and slave data databases under the same tab. (Also check AfriQuest.com <afriquest.com>, a free online archive for users to share items relating to African-American genealogy and history.)

4. Archives.com 

This service gives you access mainly to US censuses, vital records and old newspapers in the United States, and some in the United Kingdom. The Help Center answers basic questions about searches and account information. The Learn tab leads you to how-to articles and video tutorials on many topics, including how to construct a family tree to share with relatives or post on Facebook. This inexpensive site is a fantastic beginner option.

5.Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

You’ll come back to this tool again and again. Many genealogical records are created by counties, the boundaries of which may have changed over time. On this site, click a state, then View Interactive Map, and enter the date for which you want to see county boundaries. Then you’ll be able to identify which county that town was part of during the time your ancestors lived there. Click to add layers showing modern maps so you’ll know where it is today.
Find My Past.com
National Archives
Newspaper Archives

World Vital Records

My Recommended Websites: UK & ROI

Ancestry.co.uk (UK)

Ancestry.ie (Ireland)


Church Records

Civil Records

Valuation Office

National Archives of Ireland

National Library Of Ireland

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

General Register Office Northern Ireland

Registry of Deeds

Land Registry

Bureau Of Military History Records

National Army Census

British Newspaper Archive

Irish Newspaper Archive

Find My Past Ireland

Find My Past UK

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