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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 Others in the family cab contribute what they know to add to your online tree.

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

  • Get Started Quick Step Guide
    The 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 video courses to learn basic methods and key resources to start your family history. Work at your own pace.

Free Trial Offers to Genealogy Databases

  • FREE Trial ***

    • 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!

    • WorldWide Deluxe FREE Trial
      Includes all of the US plus international databases. Great for ancestors from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Australia, and more.

      Free trial to - for those who live in the UK.

  • Fold3 (formerly FREE Trial
    Access every original record on with a free trial. 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 Software

  • 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 pre installed. 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

  • 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.

  • Gramps
    Free Genealogy software. Download the free intuitive and full features program.

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

  • Roots Magic Essentials
    Free basic Genealogy software. Download the free standard edition of this popular genealogy program.

  • GEDxlate
    Not a family tree program, 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

  • Google Picasa
    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'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.

  • PrintKey
    Capture a screen shot or the whole desktop with this small utility. Any image you capture can be saved as a bitmap file or edited in your favorite graphics editor such as Irfanview (see above). Great if having difficulty printing an image from a genealogy site.

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

Free Genealogy File Backup

  • BackUpMyTree
    The Easiest Way to Preserve Your Family's History. Fast, automatic backup and off-site storage for all of your family tree files. All of the popular family tree file formats are supported. Download your files at any time. FREE, simple, easy, safe & secure. Preserves multiple files up to 1GB each.

  • Google Drive
    Google Drive offers 15 GB free. Your files can be backed up and reached from any computer or mobile devie. Sign in with your Google account.

Free Genealogy Databases Online

Free Biography Assistants

  • Biography Assistant
    Biography Assistant by 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 Lookups

  • Free LookUp Forums
    Post a lookup query

  • Free Genealogy CD Lookups
    Free Lookups on Family Tree Maker ( CDs.

  • Free Obituary Lookups
    An all-volunteer web site and mailing list dedicated to providing obituary lookups all over the world.

  • Genealogy Karma
    Modeled after the now defunct Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness, Genealogy Karma allows you to volunteer or request help from someone for projects such as taking a photo of a headstone, or finding a document in a local library, county courthouse, or other archives nearby.

  • RootsWeb Books We Own
    A Look-Up Resource for International Genealogical Research

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

Free Webhosting to build a Genealogy Webpage

  • RootsWeb FreePages
    Unlimited space plus your site is entered into RootsWeb's search engine. Hint: the free genealogy software listed above will automatically create linked genealogy pages that you can upload to Rootsweb FreePages. These include Ancestry Family Tree (AFT), Legacy, GenoPro and Personal Ancestral File (PAF).

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