Best Genealogy Websites of 2013

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Presentation given on October 5, 2013. Presentation rounds up and examines the best genealogy websites of 2013 available for researchers to use. List includes paid and free websites.


  • 1.Best Genealogy Websites of 2013 May P. Chan Prairie History Librarian, Regina Public Library Presented October 5, 2013 SGS Conference, Moose Jaw, SK 2013

2. Why do you need this list? Selection criteria The Usual Suspects Journey Around the World Canada, United States, UK, Scandinavia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand Something Extra Conclusion Outline 3. Why do you need this list? Not all genealogy websites are the same Paid (monthly vs per image) vs Free (search vs full record) Database vs Index Nominal Searching vs Geographic Searching Different Creators - Institutions vs Individuals List of online resources is not meant to replace traditional formats like books & microfilm. Rather the list is meant to be used in addition to and is meant to help save you time and money List features both paid ($) and free web resources 4. Selection Criteria Offers the most authoritative and trustworthy websites to use for genealogy How did I select the best genealogy websites for you to use? Annual Best of featured on the Family Tree website Magazines such as Internet Genealogy & Family Chronicle Various genealogy blogs Tips from other genealogists Personal experience helping patrons 5. The Usual Suspects These websites consistently top the Best of the Best online resources to use: Ancestry ( or - $ Helpful Tip!!! Check with your public library to see if they provide access to Ancestry Library Edition (librarys equivalent to FamilySearch ( FREE Cyndis List (portal; FREE World Vital Records ( - $ 6. Ancestry + FamilySearch = A Very Good Combo!!! Ancestry largest paid genealogy resource US census records State census records Vital records England census records Scotland census records Canada census records 1921 Canadian Census!!! Searchable only by location at the present moment Prairie census records Incoming passengers lists FamilySearch largest free genealogy resource Saskatchewan Homestead files (look under SK Provincial Records!) Probate Estate records from 1887-1931 (SGS volunteer project) Other countries records! Austria, Belgium, Russia, South Africa, China, India, Brazil, Argentina, etc. 7. Tip #1: Ancestry Insider Blog 8. Another Great Site to Consider Internet Archive My favorite tool archived websites! 9. Internet Archive Non-profit digital library offering books, articles, movies, and audio recordings Best part, all of the content is FREE!!! Hidden genealogy resources US Census Records 1790-1940 (not indexed) city directories yearbooks local and family histories 10. Henderson City Directory Saskatoon 1911 11. Oh Canada! Canadian Genealogy Centre, Library and Archives Canada ( - FREE Canadian GenWeb (portal; http:// FREE Automated Genealogy (census; http:// FREE Peels Prairie Provinces (newspapers & city directories; FREE Manitobia (newspapers, maps & books; - FREE 12. Oh Canada! Continued OurRoots (local history books; - FREE Canadian County Atlases (ON county atlases; FREE Canadiana (historical materials; $ Hudsons Bay Archives (biographical sheets; http:// ) - FREE Google News Archives ( /newspapers) - FREE 13. Oh Canada! Continued Olive Tree Genealogy (portal; - FREE Definitely check out the sites passenger lists links!!! 14. America Land of Plenty National Archives and Records Administration (1940 census, military & immigration records; ) FREE US GenWeb Project (portal; http:// FREE HeritageQuest Online (census, local histories, & Freedman Bank records; http:// - $ but FREE access for Regina Public Library card holders!!! 15. America Continued Ellis Island (immigration; http:// FREE Castle Garden (immigration; http:// FREE Distant Cousins (city directories & school yearbooks; FREE Chronicling America (newspapers; http:// FREE GenealogyBank (newspapers; http:// - $ 16. America Continued Digital Public Library of America (newspapers, photos & maps; FREE 17. America Continued Fold3 (military records, newspapers & city directories; - $ but their War of 1812 Pension files are FREE Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR lineage records; FREE Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records (land records; http:// - FREE Find a Grave (cemetery records; http:// - FREE 18. Jolly Ol England FindMyPast ( - $ but FREE with valid SGS membership Note: FindMyPast recently added Canadian history books to its World Collection! Free BMD (UK civil registration; http:// FREE UK National Archives (immigration, wills and military; - FREE Origins Network (wills; - $ Genuki (portal; FREE 19. Jolly Ol England Continued Historical Directories of UK (http:// - FREE Deceased Online (cemetery records; http:// - $ British Newspaper Archive, 1700s-1900s (http:// - $ Commonwealth War Graves Commission (British Commonwealth; FREE The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913 (Criminal law proceedings, - FREE 20. Lets not forget about Wales The National Library of Wales Wills ( - FREE Welsh Newspapers Online (http:// - FREE 21. Scotland to Emerald Isle ScotlandsPeople (Scottish census & BMDs; - $ Scottish Emigration Database (immigration; - FREE National Archives of Ireland (Irish census; FREE Irish Family History Foundation (census & BMDS; - $ 22. Land of the Vikings Digitalarkivet (Norwegian census, probate & parish; FREE Swedish National Archives (Swedish census; FREE Arkividigital (Swedish parish records; $ Finnish Family History Association (FFHA) (Finnish church & census; FREE 23. Land of the Vikings Danish Demographic Database (Danish census & church; - FREE 24. Europa WieWaeWie (Dutch census & civil registers; - FREE Greek Genealogy (portal; FREE JewishGen (cemetery; - FREE HalGal (portal for Western Ukraine & Galicia; FREE EastEuropeGenWeb (portal; FREE 25. Europa - Continued Federation of East European Family History Societies (portal; FREE 26. Europa - Continued PolandGenWeb (portal; http:// - FREE Black Sea German Research (family trees & maps; FREE Atlas of the German Empire by Ludwig Ravenstein (1883 German map; FREE Bremen Passenger Lists, 1920-1939 (Germany; - FREE 27. Down Under Trove, National Library of Australia (newspapers; - FREE Nice feature geographical interface! 28. Down Under - Continued Australian Cemetery Index (http:// FREE Australian War Memorial (military indexes; http:// - FREE Papers Past (New Zealand newspapers; ) FREE Websites of New Zealand Cemeteries ( ) - FREE 29. Something Extra General Reference Encyclopedias & Dictionaries The Canadian Encyclopedia ( FREE Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan ( FREE Rudys List of Archaic Medical Terms ( - FREE General Reference - Maps Google Earth ( FREE Perry-Castaeda Library Map Collection ( FREE 30. Something Extra - Continued Keeping Organized Free Genealogy Forms and Charts (http:// FREE GenSoftReviews (genealogy software; http:// FREE CNET (software and hardware; ) FREE Dropbox (cloud computing; - FREE Evernote (online note taking; - FREE Online-Convert (file conversions; - FREE 31. Something Extra - Continued Staying Up-to-Date Dicks Eastmans Newsletter (http:// FREE Genealogy in Time Newsletter (http:// - FREE Dear Myrtle ( FREE Genealogy Blog Finder (http:// FREE 32. Staying Up-To-Date Continued Genealogy Guys ( - FREE 33. Contact: Email: Thank-you!