I am trying to research my family tree online. all the sites want you to pay. Are there any truly FREE sites I?

Are there any truly FREE sites that can be used to do the research.

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  • Maxi
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    7 years ago
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    You research from yourself and those records are at home and free............... you don't research a whole tree online or anywhere else, the internat doesn't have the majority of records for any country in the world so if you are only using online information you will never find your ancestry.............


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  • 7 years ago

    You don't research a family tree. You research each ancestor, one at a time and tie them together. Uploaded family trees online are not a record..and often have mistakes.

    from a prior question...

    All the websites DO NOT COST MONEY. The commercial sites cost money. There are thousands of free sites, but you have to understand how to identify them.

    If you google "genealogy" you get ancestry.com and others (pay sites hit the top of search).

    Now...google "birth records Illinois" or "Dallas county texas history". THESE are free sites. You knew what to look for.


    A place for you to start learning what research is.

    All genealogy is not online ..genealogy is RECORDS.

    All genealogy offline is not free, but if you want the info, sometimes that is how it works.

    Start by getting out YOUR OWN BIRTH CERTIFICATE. It identifies your parents. You just started. You used a record to find a relationship. When you have the names of your parents..then guess, how you would find THEIR parents name?/ (yes..you can ask.. am trying to teach you a method here, which is finding info when no one can give you the answer).

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  • Pamela
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    The social security website is free. Many localities have their own search sites. Try doing a search on the location and see what you can find. Finally, there are other people online that will seek out the records for you occasionally...people like to help each other. Post a query at rootsweb or another free site and see who answers. You may find a cousin or two!

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  • 7 years ago

    There are tens of thousands of free websites useful for researching your ancestry. None are worth a lick without a good foundation and research process. Consulting websites is the end of the process, not the beginning. Not all useful sites are genealogy sites and none should be used in isolation. The most helpful one will be the one with the exact record you're looking for. This will vary depending on where and when your ancestor lived, what records they left behind, and where those records are today. It would do us no good to spend time giving you links to Georgia's Virtual Vault - a godsend for ancestors that lived in antebellum Georgia - if your ancestor lived in India circa 1940. Not everything is online and/or free. Most websites that have free information will be trials, transcriptions, or small collections. Some of the below may not be helpful, but give you an idea of what to look for.

    f you need help with HOW to research, search resolved questions for "family tree free".

    Here's a few:





    http://www.deathindexes.com/ (U.S.)



    Here -- Many of us have resources or knowledge specific to certain documents, times, places, and groups.

    Google -- Look for local libraries, archives, agencies, and GenWebs, or websites similar to above for your ancestor's country.

    Offline -- Libraries, archives, museums, church records, genealogical societies, Family History Centers (operated by the Mormons), etc.

    BIG note: FHCs and some libraries have FREE access to some of the paid subscription sites like Ancestry.com and librarians or volunteers that are happy to help.

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  • 7 years ago

    I use ancestry.com to keep track of my information but if you google names like this "insert name here" you can normally get a bunch of things. You may not be able to view EVERYTHING on the site but you can view some information then plug it into your tree on Ancestry (it's free to make a tree - just sign up, you don't have to pay for just that). I also talk to the oldest members of my family. Another good source is familytreemaker.genealogy.com if you can find your surname (or a relatives). Also on Ancestry, it gives you a small preview of the hints for free although you cannot actually view the documents. You can also find census records online. I use http://www.censusrecords.com because you can get quite a bit of information from it without viewing the actual documents so long as you know a bit of information first. Also public libraries of towns tend to be helpful so if you can find a nearby town where you had ancestors, try going to their public library for free.

    This all takes a bit of time but it works. So far I tracked my family back into the 1800s and to Germany! :0

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  • 7 years ago

    I've had good experiences with familysearch.com

    But researching your family tree means painstakingly looking for old records of each individual ancestor, looking for names of parents or other family connections. You'll need to write down family relations and construct the tree on your own. The sites can only help you find old documents that might give you information.

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  • 7 years ago

    Yup most online websites have paid accounts. For offline fun, why not get Family Tree Magnets for Fridge - http://www.stuffselect.com/family-tree-magnet/

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  • OKden
    Lv 4
    7 years ago
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