How To

5 Simple Steps
Good basic advice on how to begin genealogical research. The best way to start is with a simple family tree form (adding additional forms as your work progresses).

Free LDS family history site. Billions of names, thousands of search centers, 100+ years at work “connecting families across generations.”

USGenWeb Project
“Directory to websites containing free genealogical resources for every US state and most counties.” WorldGenWeb is an affiliated project covering the entire globe.

Free site for those researching African-American ancestry. Helpful beginner’s guide. Forums provide user interaction.

Excellent U.S. and U.K. search capabilities make this site worth a visit. Lots of free info to help you get started. Check out the free family history app, popular Facebook forum.

“Community of genealogists working together to grow an accurate single family tree using DNA and traditional genealogical sources.” All free.
“Most powerful free family history search engine on the planet.” Free until your family tree reaches a certain size or unless you perform certain searches.
“The world's largest online family history resource.” Expensive but comprehensive and wildly popular. How To’s, Family History 101, and more.


Cyndi’s List
Well-respected, regularly updated, comprehensive index of online family history resources. See Beginners category for tips on getting started.

Lots of free resources: Get Started, Research Toolkit, archive of how-to articles, past issues of the magazine. Paid members get more.

Best FREE Genealogy Websites
Family Tree Magazine’s best free family history sites. If that's not enough for you, peruse a longer list here.

Top DNA testing site even provides Neanderthal percentage! “Health plus Ancestry” gives detailed health info along with ancestral data.