Top free websites to take your family history search worldwide


09 November 2016
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Discover free websites with an international slant & trace relatives across the globe

We all know that family history isn’t the cheapest hobby on the planet, but that doesn’t mean you always have to fork out to trace your tree. Beyond the undeniably valuable subscription and pay-per-view genealogy websites there are a wealth of free websites with millions of resources to offer at your fingertips. In Family Tree December, Melody Amsel-Ariel handpicks a selection of her favourite free websites with an international slant that could help you track down those elusive sources and relatives across the globe - get your copy here!

To whet your appetite, here are three of Melody's top choices:

1 FamilySearch

The king of the free genealogy websites, FamilySearch at is a firm favourite of ours and millions of researchers the world over. It boasts a dataset of more than 4 billion names and is the largest assemblage of genealogical and historical documents in existence. Yup, in existence, that’s what we said! (In case you missed it, you can read a special feature on FamilySearch in our November issue.)

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2 Elephind

Located at, this fab site offers free links to nearly 150 million articles in some 3,000 historical newspapers from Mexico, Australia, the United States, Singapore and New Zealand, dating from 1803 through 2015. Definitely worth a read!

3 FindAGrave

The huge volunteer-based FindAGrave at maintains information about some 150 million burials in 400,000 cemeteries across the world. Its memorial sites, in addition to vital information, may include photos, biographies, family links, images of death certificates, copies of obituaries and more.

Be sure to get the December issue of Family Tree so you don’t miss out on the rest of Melody’s expert list of web resources: Buy now!

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