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General Genealogy Links

There are many wonderful genealogy resources sites on the web, both big and small, that offer how-to advice, networking opportunities, data indexes, images, or act as a portal with links to other sites.  Some focus on a particular country or type of record while others are multi-faceted. 

Our policy is to only include free sites. Here are just of few (listed alphabetically) that we or our viewers have found useful.  

Take advantage of these free online resources to further your genealogical research.

Beginner Genealogy Guides

A Genealogist's Guide to Tracing People from Our Past - from truepeoplesearch website
A Genealogy Guide - from The Hub Post
Best DNA Testing Kits for Ancestry
Genealogy: How to Get Started On Your Family Tree - motivation and where to begin
Genealogy Research Strategies - from PublicRecordsReviews
Genealogy Resource Guide - a practical overview to get you started, from Background Checks
Genealogy Resources - a UK perspective, from Business Cost Saver
Genealogy Ultimate Beginners Guide - by Mark Orwig at Smarter Hobby (with focus on USA sources)
Interview Elderly Relatives for Genealogy Research
The Genealogy Guide - a genealogy blog and 10-step guide by Owain
The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy
Ultimate Genealogy Guide - Getting started in genealogy and useful links (most are US specific)
Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy - from hobbyhelp website

General Genealogy Resources

25 Best Genealogy Sites – The Definitive Guide - on iReview (some sites on this list require a paid subscription)
50 Free Genealogy Sites to Search Today - posted on Family History Daily blog
“AncestorSearch” Tool using Google Custom Search - courtesy of Randy Majors
ABYZ News Links - Index Newspapers and News Media Guide
Billion Graves  - very large collection of headstone photos submitted by viewers 
Commonwealth War Grave Commission - Online index to search WW1 & WWII deaths
Cyndi's List - Links to thousands of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
European Libraries - access to 48 national European libraries (not UK)
Family Search -  an excellent huge free site containing records, trees, books, and learning guides from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS)
Find a Grave - Burial and memorial information entered by individuals from all around the world (most records in the USA)
Genealogy In Time Search Engine - Searching over 1.2 billion free historic genealogical source records
Genealogy Toolbox - links to handy tools and resources for genealogists
Genforum at - a huge genealogy networking site
Global Genealogy - Genealogy books, maps, flags, gazettes, and other resource links
History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy - includes links to some basic guides as well as specific topics of genealogy research
History Pin - historical photos and memories shared by others; "A global community collaborating around history"
Newspaper Abstracts - Finding our ancestors in the news (primarily USA, some UK and others)
Newspapers, BC & International, Digital
Old Maps Online - Historical maps from all over the world
RootsWeb - Genealogy trees, information and mail lists 
Ultimate Guide to Biographical Resources - from Wise Old Sayings, with many links to general and USA-specific sites

Genealogy Forms

FamilySearch Genealogy Research Forms - family groups, pedigrees, research logs, and blank census forms; other resources
FamilySearch Use Appropriate Forms
Forms - Jewish Genealogy and More
Free Charts and Forms - from (no subscription required)
Misbach Enterprises Charts - many are free.
US National Archives Charts and Forms - pedigrees, family group sheets, census, immigration, military

Genealogy Blogs & Podcasts

For those wanting to keep up-to-date on the latest news, products and genealogical research information, and learn useful tips and insights, check out the following links and subscribe to your favourites. 

100 Best Genealogy Blogs and Websites
10 Genealogy Blogs Worth Reading 
Amy Johnson Crow - Modern genealogy made easy
DNA Explained - Genetic Genealogy by Roberta Estes
Genealogy Gems - News, podcasts and e-newsletter from Lisa Louise Cook
Kitty Cooper's Blog - Musings on genealogy, genetics and gardening

There are many more free genealogy resources on YouTube.

For those with a free Facebook account, also check out the multitude of Facebook pages and groups that focus on genealogy, history and locations (links not listed here).