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Below is a list of the most popular Ancestry free databases. Scroll down to see the free Ancestry databases that are listed by country and state.

The Most Popular Free Ancestry Databases

  1. FREE Family Tree Online
    Record your family history by creating a FREE family tree online. Start your tree by entering what you know about yourself and your family. will use what you enter to try and find more about your family in the world's largest online collection of historical records and family trees.

  2. 1940 US Census has put the newly released the completely indexed 1940 census images online

  3. 1880 US Census and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have worked together to put the transcribed 1880 U.S. Federal census online. Find family relationships, residence, and occupation.

  4. 1911 England Census
    Search the Summary Books or browse by county, civil parish and district.

  5. 1881 UK Census and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have worked together to put the transcribed 1881 UK Federal census online.

  6. American Biographical Library
    Contains over 75,000 full-text biographies of notable Americans.

  7. Ancestry World Tree
    The original Ancestry family tree database has over 400 million names in family trees submitted by Ancestry users

  8. Charts & Forms
    Ancestral Chart, Family Group Sheet, Census Forms, and other charts that are helpful while doing genealogy research.

  9. England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892
    The criminal registers are a listing of individuals charged with crime. The registers provide information about the charged individual, their trial, and sentence (if convicted) or other outcome.

  10. England Census Sample 1891
    The English government took its first national census in 1801. A census has been taken every ten years since that date, except in 1941. The census sample is from Oxforshire.

  11. Family Facts
    Last Name Meanings, Last Name Distribution in the US & UK, the top countries of origin for each surname based on passenger lists to the US, and much more.

    • Civil War Service
    • Immigration Year
    • Life Expectancy
    • UK Name Distribution
    • US Name Distribution
    • Name Meanings
    • Newspaper Headlines
    • Occupations
    • Places of Occupation
    • Ports of Departure

  12. Free BMD
    England and Wales, Civil Registration (Birth, Marriage, and Death) Index: 1837-1983

  13. Family Trees
    This Public member family tree database contains family trees submitted to Ancestry by users and available for public viewing. Many trees contain photos and stories.

  14. Geographic Reference Library
    Locate nearly any town, city, county, or other populated place in the United States as well as many schools, churches, courthouses, cemeteries, or major geographic features across the United States

  15. Learning Centers
    Family history how-to and genealogy learning materials. Have a question about an area of genealogy research? This is the place to get ancestors.

  16. Message Boards
    Over 130,000 message boards organized by surnames, geography, and research topics. Post or answer queries.

  17. Quebec Vital and Church Records
    The Drouin Collection of 1621-1967 contains over 14,000,000 baptisms, marriages, and burial records. These records include French immiagrants to Canada as well as other nationalities.

  18. Research Registry
    Member Connect will help you stay in touch with other members who also happen to be researching your ancestors.

  19. U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885
    Enumerates the individuals who had died in the previous year 1850-1885. This database also included the names of the slave owners whose slaves had died.

  20. U.S. Historical Postcards
    This database contains over 115,000 historical postcards with photos of places in the United States. Historical postcards of your ancestral homeland adds an interesting visual detail to your family tree.

  21. U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992
    Indexes to naturalization records. The states whose records are currently included in the database are Alaska, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, New York, Tennessee, Washington, and Vermont.

  22. World War I Civilian Draft Registrations
    Index to 24 million men in 1917/18, (98% of men present in America), born between 1873 and 1900 completed draft registration cards

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The free Ancestry databases can be found in the Ancestry card catalog
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  • Note the drop down box at the top that enable sorting by popularity, database title, date added, date updated, or popularity.
  • Sort by date added to find the lastest free databases added.

Sometimes only the index is free and not the image, but in those cases, the data has been transcribed and is available to view for free.  Sometimes, both the image and index are available for free.

If you want to view all of the databases for free, pick a two week period when you have plenty of time, and get the Free Trial - two weeks of free access. Be sure to cancel your trial at the end of the two weeks.

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