Top 50 Genealogy Search Sites

Rank Website Coverage/Content

Please note: Those sites with a dollar sign ($) are “fee” based sites.

By popular demand, a printable version of this list is here.

  1. Ancestry.com $ – Ancestry.com is the leading genealogical data site, with some articles, instruction, and reference help. (1)
  2. Genealogy.com $ – This is major data site, with instruction and reference help. (4)
  3. MyHeritage.com – MyHeritage focuses on genealogy community building and networking. (3)
  4. RootsWeb.com – Rootsweb is a major data site, with free instruction and reference help. (2)
  5. MyFamily.com – Hosts family websites for sharing photos, genealogy, and more. (5)
  6. FamilySearch.org – This is a major data website sponsored by the LDS Church and includes with instruction and reference help. (5)
  7. FindAGrave.com – A database of cemetery inscriptions and photos. (7)
  8. Geni.com – Web 2.0 and focuses on genealogy community building and networking. (18)
  9. Footnote.com $ – In conjunction with the U.S. National Archives, Footnote offers data, original records images, and more. (8)
  10. AncestorHunt.com – A site consisting of collected genealogy links. (12)
  11. OneGreatFamily.com $ – This is primarily a family trees sharing and collaboration website. (9)
  12. GenealogyToday.com – Genealogy Today includes instruction, reference articles, and includes some unique data collections. (11)
  13. WorldVitalRecords.com $ – WVR is also known as Family Link, and represents a major data website, with instruction and reference help. (10)
  14. AccessGenealogy.com – A website that includes references to helpful articles, especially for Native American information, and some data. (13)
  15. USGennet.org – Historical and genealogical web hosting service. (17)
  16. Interment.net – Transcribed and indexed cemetery inscriptions. (16)
  17. CyndisList.com – A huge website dedicated to cataloguing genealogy website links. (15)
  18. GeneBase.com – A DNA ancestry cataloguing project (24)
  19. SearchForAncestors.com – Interactive directory of free genealogy websites and data. (21)
  20. EllisIsland.org – Database of passenger lists that is free to search. Actual passenger list images can be purchased. (14)
  21. FamilyTreeMaker.com – Homepage for Ancestry.com’s genealogical software. (20)
  22. KindredKonnections.com $ – Grassroots created data site with compiled family Trees, and some extracted records. (19)
  23. DistantCousin.com – An online archive of genealogy records and images of historical documents. (22)
  24. Linkpendium.com – A collection of genealogy links categorized by region and surname. (35)
  25. DeathIndexes.com – Lists of links to United States death records, by state. (31)
  26. FamilyTreeDNA.com – DNA testing service focused upon family history test types. (27)
  27. CousinConnect.com – A large free queries website. (23)
  28. TribalPages.com – Family trees hosting and charting program. (25)
  29. CensusFinder.com – Links to free census records. (40)
  30. USGenWeb.com – A group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. (49)
  31. GenealogyBank.com $ – Database with index of newspapers and early books. (41)
  32. JewishGen.org – Jewish, reference, instruction, coordination, and databases. (28)
  33. PoliticalGraveyard.com – Comprehensive source of U.S. political biography that tells where many dead politicians are buried. (34)
  34. Genuki.org.uk – Large collection of genealogical information pages for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. (32)
  35. *Genealogytrails.com – Three year old site with free data contributed by volunteers (not ranked)
  36. GenCircles.com – Upload and share your family trees. (30)
  37. *GenoPro.com – Genealogy software that produces genograms (53)
  38. Census-Online.com – Links to censuses and census abstracts. (46)
  39. HeritageQuestOnline.com $ – Census, PERSI (the periodical index), books. (39)
  40. US-Census.org – Census abstracts (U.S. GenWeb Census Project) (37)
  41. Daddezio.com – Website focused upon Italian research, with instruction, information and more. (33)
  42. Geneanet.org – A collection of family trees, community, and submitted records. (36)
  43. GenWed.com – Online marriage records, where to order, some indexes, and more. (42)
  44. ObitCentral.com – Obituary database for finding obituaries and performing cemetery searches. (29)
  45. *ObitLinksPage.com – State-by-state directory of obituaries and obituary resources. (not ranked)
  46. FindMyPast.com $ – Indexes to British records of many types. (50)
  47. *FamilyHistory101.com – Less than two years old and full of instruction and guidance for genealogists (107)
  48. AncientFaces.com – Share genealogy research, community pages, family photos & records more for free. (38)
  49. *Dar.org – Site of the largest lineage society; includes their library catalog and 32 million name index. (67)
  50. GenealogyLinks.net – Links to free sites, arranged by state and county. (43)

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