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Finding Family for Free

Many genealogy resources help you find your ancestors little or no cost. Join this group to share or gain ideas. My blog Relative Musings is filled with entries about such resources plus examples showing how they really work.

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If you're looking for genealogy tips and strategies to help you find your ancestors for little or no cost, please visit my blog Relative Musings. It is filled with many ideas and examples for you. Or use the Index to Finding Family for Free to zero in a tip or strategy of particular interest.

The blog post for July 11, 2009 is on GenealogyWise for free networking on your surname, family location, Y or mtDNA haplogroup and much more. Please join the Finding Family for Free Group!

Discussion Forum

101 Best Free Genealogy Websites 2 Replies

Started by Barbara Bradley Petura. Last reply by Bonnie Skiles Rost Mar 25, 2012.

Use 1940 Census FREE starting April 2, 2012

Started by Barbara Bradley Petura Mar 24, 2012.

1940 US Census coming soon - FREE 2 Replies

Started by Barbara Bradley Petura. Last reply by Barbara Bradley Petura Jan 22, 2012.

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Comment by Barbara Bradley Petura on September 25, 2015 at 7:42pm

I read a great article this morning - How Can I Research My Roots Without Spending Money? - that I thought our group would like. It is by well known genealogy writers Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Meaghan E.H. Siekman. It makes your realize how much you can find for no cost beyond your Internet access. Enjoy. Barbara

Comment by Paul Hart on April 29, 2014 at 7:24am

Fold3 is giving Civil War records for free until the end of April.

Comment by Barbara Bradley Petura on April 12, 2011 at 12:08am

Hi Dianne,

Thanks for posting. Yes, I have used the genealogy search engine Mocavo and defintely believe it is worth using. It gives you more focused results on ancestor searches than some other search engines. Remember to use quotation marks around names to get the best results.


Comment by Dianne Reuby on March 28, 2011 at 1:45pm
Anyone else trying Mocavo ? New search engine for genealogy sites - I've found some stuff that may be relevant, but we'll have to give it some time to develop I think.
Comment by Dianne Reuby on March 21, 2011 at 1:27pm

Now this is the sort of thing that makes me want to deny any interest in, involvement with, or knowledge of, genealogy! 

Jimi Hendrix and the Queen are cousins

I find something creepy about Geni anyway - why do they want to prove we're all related?


Comment by Mary J. Lohr on February 19, 2011 at 9:41am
The March/April 2011 issue of Family Chronicle has an excellent article "Top Websites to Save You Money!" by Gena Phillibert Ortega.  I found this one particularly useful because it also gave some great ideas for the inevitable travel-related expenses, including lodging and food.  For example, the website Kayak (  searches and compares prices at, Travelocity, Priceline, Hotwire, and Expedia.  And Gena suggests couponing  (with good webistes) to further stretch the genealogy budget.  Thanks for the tips, Gena!
Comment by Catherine Davis on February 3, 2011 at 2:46pm
Dianne, I agree.
Comment by Dianne Reuby on February 3, 2011 at 1:45pm
I've looked at WikiTree - but I really don't like the idea of others being able to edit my data. Having had emails in the past along the lines of "Our great-grandfathers were both called X, born in YYYY, we must be related!", I'm wary of adding data that I haven't researched (or checked) myself, certainly wouldn't want someone editing mine. Perhaps I'm paranoid ... :)
Comment by Ann Marie Borgers on December 15, 2010 at 9:43am

Discovered a site about a month ago,, similar to Rootsweb that people can upload their .ged files or do each person individually and similar to Wikipedia that you can let others that you trust add/change any information.  And it's totally FREE.  

Comment by Cheryl Capps Roach on November 29, 2010 at 6:26pm
I am all about finding your ancestors for free. After years of genealogy, I have written and published my family history book. Out of a desire to share my research tips for building and verifying your family tree, I recently published my website and You'll find links to all state archives and other free links that I will keep updated. Search my family history book.

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