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Genealogy Web Sites
List created by Family Tree Magazine September 2019

BIG Sites

$Ancestry ( Six months of global access costs $149. Add subscriptions to Ancestry owned and Fold3 for another $50. An Ancestry DNA test costs $99
Family Search ( Family tree app helps you explore “the world’s largest online family tree,” with 1.2 billion ancestors. Contains 6 billion searchable historical records
$Find my past ( Strong in British Isles records, has expanded its North American offerings, is now partnering with the British based genetic genealogy company Living DNA. 2 billion records. $240 per year
HeritageQuest Online ( Powered by Ancestry seen as “Ancestry lite.”
$My Heritage ( Data subscription - $189/year, Complete subscription ($299/year, DNA test - $79. 9.6 billion records includes World Vital Records database

American History

$American Ancestors ( from the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 450 collections with over 1.4 billion names. $94.95/year
Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records ( Searchable images of more than 5 million federal land title records issued beginning in 1788.
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database ( Union or Confederate ancestors with 6.3 million servicemen from both sides
eHistory ( Timelines, Maps and Guides. Includes 128 volume Officials Records of the Civil War
$Fold3 ( Specializes in US military records. Subscriptions cost $79.95 per year – Ancestry subscribers get a discount.
USGenWeb ( State and County pages, fully volunteer site. Includes special projects that shouldn’t be missed.
GEDmatch ( Free registration lets you play matchmaker with others who’ve shared their autosomal DNA results from AncestryDNA, 23andme, My Heritage DNA or Family Tree DNA

Tools for Sharper Focus

Cyndi’s List ( Categorized index to genealogy sites online – 221 categories and more than 337,000 sites.
Google ( – Don’t just search on Goole. Explore books –, Maps –, Earth – or Translate –
RootsTech ( – can’t afford a trip to Salt Lake City – this video packed site lets you view highlights of past sessions of the premiere high-tech genealogy confab.

Finding Dead People

Find a Grave ( this site has been uploading cemetery records since 1995 and now is home to more than 170 million.
Nationwide Gravesite Locator –  ( and their family members in Veterans Affairs’ (VA) National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries and other locations.

Immigrants –
Castle Garden ( Arrivals at the port of New York in the years before Ellis Island 1820-1892
Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island ( some pre-Ellis Island arrivals dating back to 1820. 1892-1954 over 12 million immigrants came to the US through Ellis Island ( list of ports where ancestors might have come through


Chronicling America ( 15 million digitized pages from newspapers spanning 1789 to 1963

Other Libraries

Library of Congress ( Catalog of printed works to digital collections including photos, Sanborn fire insurance maps and local history.
WorldCat ( Search more than 2 billion items from of catalogs of 10,000 of the world’s libraries. Then WorldCat locates your finds at a library near you.