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Genealogy Freebies

There are plenty of free resources for the genealogist. It is possible to find FREE charts, forms, templates, software, lessons, lookups, databases, form letters, graphics, translations, clip art, ancestry.com free trials.

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Getting Started in Genealogy

  • FREE Family Tree Online
    Record your family history by creating a FREE family tree online. Start by entering what you know about yourself and your family. Enjoy FREE access to Ancestry.com.

    You can invite your parents, grandparents, siblings, cousins and other family members to contribute what they know to add to your online tree. Your family can add names, tell stories and upload photos.



  • Getting Started in Genealogy
    New to Genealogy? This is how to get started.

  • Get Started Quick Step Guide
    The Ancestry.com Learning Center can help you get started to trace your family story back in time.

  • Free Genealogy Lessons and Guides
    Free guide by RootsWeb. Where to Begin, sources, record types, country and ethnic groups and much more.

  • Free Research Courses
    The Mormon Church offers these online courses to learn basic methods and key resources to start your family history. Work at your own pace.



Free Trial Offers to Genealogy Databases


  • Ancestry.com FREE Trial

    • Ancestry.com US Deluxe FREE Trial
      Start your family tree online and receive a free trial the Ancestry.
      Complete U.S. census records, the largest collection of ship passenger lists & military records online, family trees and much more!


    • Fold3 (formerly Footnote.com) FREE Trial
      Access every original record on Footnote.com with a free trial. Footnote.com features millions of records - with a focus on military records - from the US National Archives. View any record for free with a trial.


    Free Genealogy Forms and Charts



    • Free Genealogy Charts
      Download from Ancestry.com the professional Free genealogy charts, forms and templates you need to document your family tree.

    • Fan Chart
      Basic black and white fan chart by Martha Stewart.

    • Free Genealogy Forms
      Free Genealogy charts including a cemetery tracking form

    • Free Tree Templates
      The free versions are available in Acrobat (.PDF) format: just download one, open it in Acrobat (or another program that can display the .PDF file format,) and print.



    Free Genealogy Software


    • Bygones
      A computerized genealogical note-keeping system. Create an "index" of the information in your research notes, keep track of genealogical correspondence and correspondents, create time lines for your families, create to do lists of pending research tasks, enter information on sources that are important for your family history research, enter information on the localities you do research in.

    • Legacy
      Free Genealogy software. Download the free standard edition of this full-featured genealogy program.

    • Ancestral Quest Basics
      Free Ancestral Quest Basics is similar to the discontinued PAF. It contains the core features of the more advanced Ancestral Quest. AQ comes with English preinstalled. You can download other language modules and switch between language modules to work with your data or print reports in other languages. Language modules are available for free in French, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Chinese

    • GEDxlate
      GEDxlate quickly and easily translates genealogy data from standard GEDCOM format into MS Access dB (*.mdb), MS Excel Worksheet (*.xls), comma delimited (*.csv), and text file (*.txt) formats.



    Free Software



    • Evernote
      Tool to help you stay organized across your devices - gather, store, organize, and retrieve notes and images.

    • Google Keep
      Add lists, notes, photos, and audio to Google Keep and access across the web, Android, and Chrome.

    • Google Photos
      Picasa Photo Software by Google will find all the photos on your computer and organize them for you.

    • Irfanview
      Freeware graphic viewer. Use to view and resize graphics, or convert image type to another. Will even convert Ancestry.com's census MrSid extension to jpg or jif file.

    • FotoFlexer
      An advanced online photo image editor for use in your browser.

    • TreePad
      Enjoy better access, organization and control over all your data, documents, addresses, letters, photos, research, collections, Web pages, links, bibliographic listings for good organization, easy access, and safe storage.

    • Transcript
      A program designed to help you to transcribe the text on digital images of documents.






    Free Genealogy Databases Online



    • Ancestry.com Always-Free Databases
      Ancestry.com has hundreds of always free databases.

    • Ancestry World Tree
      The Ancestry World Tree contains more than 160,000,000 names in family trees submitted by users. The Ancestry World Tree is the largest collection of its kind on the Internet and it's free.

    • Ancestor Search
      Tons of free genealogy search engines. Your gateway to the largest and best free databases online.

    • Family Search
      The genealogy site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has vast record collections online - all free.

    • Fold3.com
      What's Free on Fold3 (Formerly Footnote.com)




Free Biography Assistants



  • Biography Assistant
    Biography Assistant by Genealogy.com helps you put together stories about your ancestors. It's divided into a series of questions about a person's ancestors, life experiences, medical history and military service.

  • Interview Questions
    Interview family members to learn about the family history, culture, and the traditions of your ancestors. Exhaustive list of interview questions.



Free Genealogy Forums






Free Genealogy Tools & Calculators






Free Genealogy Relationship Charts



  • Cousin Calculator
    A free online tool to calculation the family relationship between two people who share a common blood ancestor. Also contains a dictionary of cousin and relationship definitions.



Free Genealogy Form Letters



  • Free Genealogy Form Letters
    Free genealogy form letters for requesting genealogical information from an institution or from family members in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish



Free Genealogy Translation Services