A list of family research sites could be endless! Here we provide some of our main, free favorites–not to be missed.
Search for free, or post your own tree!
- FamilySearch Shared Family Tree (Free Login Required)
- WorldConnect at RootsWeb
U. S. Census Population Information
(Arguably the best free searchable U.S. Census access, plus many other records. Worth setting up the required login; they will not contact you if you check the appropriate boxes.)
- Browse census records from Internet Archive.
- Check county or state GenWeb pages
- Check your local public library or historical society library for Ancestry.com or other subscription access. Kansas residents can sign up for a Kansas Public Library Card for online access to HeritageQuest Census search.
- Wondering how to interpret the answer to a census field? You can read the Instructions to the U.S. Census Taker here!
U.S. Census Agricultural & Manufacturing Schedules
- Chronicling America Historic American Newspapers from the Library of Congress
- State-specific Newspapers listed by PrairieYesteryear
- Check your county USGenWeb pages for cemetery listings and projects.
- The American Battle Monuments Commission lists information on Americans buried in overseas cemeteries during the two World Wars.
- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Nationwide Gravesite Locator, a database of burials in national VA cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, and other related locations.
Local History and Genealogy Books
- Search Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center with your county name (or family name) as the keyword. (If you don’t see the search box, click the “collection” tab.)
- Search Archive.org (Internet Archive) for texts with the county name and the word “history” or “biography.” Search the text for family names or other key words. To filter to book and text documents only, select “Advanced Search” and set “Media Type” to “text.”
- Search keywords at Genealogy Gophers. (Good image previews; three free full-text views per month, or $3 for unlimited views per month.)
- Search PERSI Periodical Source Index. (See this webinar video for an introduction to PERSI.)
- Search Google Books. (You will have to sort out many books for purchase only.)
- Check your county USGenWeb pages.
Tip: Once you have located a book, use Ctrl+F or a search box to search the text for family names or other keywords.
U. S. Military Records
- National Parks Service Civil War Soldier Database
- Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System
- The National Parks Service US Mexican War Soldiers & Sailors Database
U.S. Naturalization & Immigration
- United States Naturalization and Citizenship Online Genealogy Records FamilySearch Wiki
- Check the U.S. Census:
- 1920 for naturalization year
- 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 for year of arrival (self-reported)
- 1820, 1820, 1830, and 1870 for citizenship of males of voting age.
- Read more:
- FamilySearch Wiki on US Naturalization and Citizenship
- MCG Article: Finding Citizenship Records for U.S. Immigrant Ancestors (Pre-1906)
Other Lists of Free Resources
- 50 FREE Genealogy Records and Websites for Frugal Genealogists from Lisa Lisson
- Family History Magazine‘s 101 Best Genealogy Websites (mostly free)
Is your free favorite not on this list? E-mail us your suggestion!