Family history websites can be a tremendously helpful resource for those who are researching their ancestral backgrounds. There are many of these family history sites on the internet, and some of them can be accessed for free.
Family History Websites
The most popular and perhaps most useful site is www.ancestry.com. On this site you will find a multitude of information and links to helpful sites, some of which are free, such as the U.S. Census site. With ancestry.com, you can also take advantage of their free trial offer and check out whether you would like to continue using the site to research your heritage.
As you’ve probably already discovered, there are dozens of family history resources out there. But which are the reputable ones, which are free, and which can really be of help to you?
The USGenWeb Project consists of a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. The Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone.
Organization is by county and state, and this website provides you with links to all the state websites which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties. The USGenWeb Project also sponsors important Special Projects at the national level and this website provides an entry point to all of those pages, as well.
Although the basic unit of organization for The USGenWebProject is at the county level, State Websites include very important information as well, including such resources for postings of unknown county queries, family reunion bulletin boards, state histories, and maps showing the changing county boundaries, among others. Many states also have ongoing projects as diverse as the transcription of Civil War regiments or the reuniting of families with lost photos, bibles, etc.
For more information on The USGenWebProject click here.
The most reputable of the family history resources are, as previously noted, ancestry.com. But there are other well-known sites that are also very good. Try, for instance, www.familysearch.org. This is run by the Mormons’ Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are not trying to convert you to their religion if you decide to use their website! This is simply a vast resource of family history databases, with names and information. The Mormon Church’s intention is to help us connect with our past. Family is extremely important to the Church and the site and family centers are free of charge for the public to use.
Another site for looking up family history information is www.rootsweb.com. The resources available on rootsweb.com are meant to make it easier for researchers to initiate connections with one another and with the information they need. People have transcribed and submitted records to the site for all to view. This can be in the form of books, documents, photographs, microfilm and more. You will find use articles on this website to help you conduct your genealogy search. Also, you will find links to other helpful ancestry informational sites such as the Social Security Death Index, the World Connect Project, the U.S. Town/County Database, and an index of all search engines and databases! Quite a lot of leads to help you discover your family’s roots!
You can also try http://www.MyHeritage.com as a informative family heritage site. This is a powerful genealogy search engine introducing you to hundreds of free family history sites Here you can perform a family history search for free and access other web sites.
Take a look at all of your family history websites internet options and investigate as many search engines and web sites as you can for your family search.
by Leonard Smith