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Databases & Family Trees

Search for your surname in these free databases of surnames and lineage-linked family trees.

Most Popular Genealogy Websites 2013
Learn which genealogy websites are the biggest in terms of the number of historical records, databases, family trees, and members/subscribers.

Top Ten Free Surname / Pedigree Databases
Search for your family surname and make genealogy connections in these ten, free lineage-linked databases, together containing over 650 million surnames.

Correcting Family Tree Errors Found Online
Most of us have done some shoddy research at one time or the other, or just have found some new clues which indicate our previous assumptions were in error. But what happens when this research has been published online, mistakes and all, and the errors seem to propogate like wildfire? Learn how to make corrections and updates to inaccurate...

101 Free Databases to Search for Surnames
Web sites around the world contain free information of use to family tree researchers including birth, marriage, death, military and census records, ships passenger lists, surnames, wills, photos and much more! Here are 101 of the best!

Social Security Death Index
The names of over 64 million Americans are contained in the SSDI, a "must search" for people looking for ancestors who died since 1962. Learn what the SSDI is, how to search it (it's online and free) and what to do when you can't find your ancestor.

Ancestry Member Trees
Searching is free, but a subscription or free trial to Ancestry.com is required to view details on individuals in this huge database of over 3 billion individual profiles from over 100 countries in 30 million member trees. You can also create your own member tree for free - no subscription required.

FamilySearch - Ancestral File
Searchable compilation of genealogies submitted by people throughout the world to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons). This file contains over 35 million names and provides contact information for the people who submitted their family trees.

GeneaNet
A searchable database of surnames dating before 1900 which connect to addresses (Web, e-mail, or real world address) where whole works can be accessed.

GenSample
One-time free surname search per email address from GenServ, a subscriber-based system boasting over 19,843,746 individuals in 14,622 GEDCOM databases.

InGeneas
This commercial geneaology database contains Canadian passenger and immigration records from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.  It is free to search for your surname and inexpensive to purchase a record if you find one which looks promising.

RootsWeb Surname List
A searchable registry of almost 1 million surnames. Associated with each surname are dates and locations, and information about how to contact the person who submitted the surname. You can search using both soundex or metaphone as well as standard search and can also search for new additions only.

FamilySearch - International Genealogical Index (IGI)
An extensive collection from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), the IGI lists the dates and places of births, christenings and marriages for more than 285 million deceased people. Many of the names were extracted from original records from the early 1500s to the early 1900's.

RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project
Over 17 million names in over 6000 databases have been uploaded to date as part of this wonderful RootsWeb family history project with the motto "connecting the world one gedcom at a time." 

Surname Springboard
A large listing of individual and family surname genealogy sites which have indexed Family Trees on them. There are over 14,000 individual surnames indexed here.

FamilySearch - Pedigree Resource File
Search this large database for your surname to find compiled pedigrees submitted by users via the online FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service, or gathered from printed histories and other sources. From the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons).

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