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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!

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101 Best Free Genealogy Websites

Started by Barbara Bradley Petura. Last reply by Bonnie Skiles Rost Mar 25, 2012. 2 Replies

Use 1940 Census FREE starting April 2, 2012

Started by Barbara Bradley Petura Mar 24, 2012. 0 Replies

1940 US Census coming soon - FREE

Started by Barbara Bradley Petura. Last reply by Barbara Bradley Petura Jan 22, 2012. 2 Replies

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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 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 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.
Comment by jammie barker on September 17, 2010 at 7:26pm
this site is free to search but copies you have to buy but it helps
Comment by Michael Baker on July 26, 2010 at 6:05pm
Hi I may be able to help a little since I see some coincidences with my great great grandfather John Edgar Baker.
Eli G Baker came to CT from Madison County, NY, and worked as a farmer in Eastford, he married Jane Henrietta Weeks who came from VT, in Eastford/Pomfret, CT.
Their son John was born in Dec 1858
In 1861 Eli enlisted into the H company of the 7th CT infantry and fought on the union side, until he was captured and killed as a POW, at the siege of Petersburg on Sept 2nd 1864.

The part I cant explain was why Jane left John, but I think abandonment was common during the civil war. I cannot find anything on Jane after 1860 but I did get some stuff on John.

here is my ancestry page on John Edgar Baker.
Comment by Spirit Baker on July 26, 2010 at 4:13pm
Hi Catherine,
That was more than I was able to find. I tried Ancestry for 14 days and got around pretty good although limited and after many calls and emails to my city library I found out they do have Ancestry but I was quite ill for a wk and still trying to get to myself. Going to the library this wk sometime.
I am working backwards. My Grandpa Norman Baker was born in CT. I use to visit his father George E Ely Baker and other family in CT. George's father is John. John's father is Eli. I have looked all over America for Eli Baker's and census shows Eli came from NY to CT. But I haven't been able to find an Eli that stayed in CT. It would interest me if this is my Eli since he was a blacksmith. For some reason this is a huge following for Baker. I'm going to work on your hints if my health keeps improving.
Thanks bunches,

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