Spittal_fromBonnieIn case you haven’t noticed, genealogical research is very expensive. In today’s environment when people really need to get something for free,  I’ve taken a look several sites that will certainly help you get started:

I haven’t prioritized them in a numbered list because they’re all useful for different reasons. I’ll be researching some more and will add a special page on SpittalStreet.com for free resources.

Family Search 

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world and is used by millions of people. It’s a nonprofit organization and has successfully connected families across generations. The good work is carried out be a truly dedicated team of volunteers to help people discover who they are by exploring where they came from. They have been doing this work for over a 100 years and I can’t say enough good things about their efforts. If you’d like to volunteer click on the link to the website.

World GenWeb Project 

“The WorldGenWeb Project was created in 1996 by Dale Schneider in an effort to answer the growing needs of genealogists world-wide who were trying to research their ancestors online. Dale’s original goal (as is ours today) was to have every country in the world represented by an online website and hosted by researchers who either live in their own country or who are familiar with their country’s resources.

Shortly after the WorldGenWeb Project debuted on the Internet in October of 1996 (it was first located on Dsenter.com) volunteers were recruited to host country websites. By the close of 1996 many of the larger countries in the world had websites online, thanks in part to the early success of it’s sister project, The USGenWeb Project (which went online in June of 1996). Throughout the next year, our project continued to recruit volunteers and became firmly established as an online resource for international genealogists.  From 17 September 1997 till 16 April 2008 the WorldGenWeb Project was hosted by Rootsweb.com – The Generations Network.  Currently the project is freely hosted by FamilyLink.com, Inc.”

Find a Grave  

This is a worthwhile resource with millions of online memorials from transcribed headstones. The site was created by thousands of contributors who submit new listing, updates , corrections, photographs, photographs and virtual flowers every hour.  The site is administrated and maintained by its founder Jim Tipton and a handful of folks who work behind the scenes.

US GenWeb Project  

The USGenWeb Project is a group of volunteers who work to  provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. It’s fully commited to providing free genealogy access for everyone.

Organized by country and state the website provides users with links to all the state genealogy websites which point you to county resources.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

“The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation’s record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever.”

Genealogy Today 

Has “over 6,350 transcriptions — including Masonic lodge rosters, funeral notices, school catalogues, telephone directories, insurance claims, directories, church member lists, prison records, etc. — from original documents.”

Access Genealogy 

This site has been online for 10 years and has grown into a worthwhile resource.

Jewish Genealogy   

Is an easy-to-use genealogy website featuring  thousands of databases, research tools, and other resources to help those with Jewish ancestry research and find family members.

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2 Comments on FREE resources to help you get started with your genealogy research

  1. Michele M says:

    Thanks for this post. I did a general search and this one popped up. I know Family Search probably because it’s the best known. The others in the list are great too.

  2. Joannie Butcher says:

    Wow! I just retired and can find time for genealogical research. This is great to help me get started.

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