Free Genealogy Websites

No one likes paying for something that’s free somewhere else. These free genealogy websites will help you save time and money.

      • FreeBMD
        Provides free access to births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales. There are currently over 235,000,000 records and growing. You’ll find records from 1837-1983, but not all available BMDs have been transcribed yet.
      • FamilySearch
        This is the biggest free family history website, by far. The coverage is worldwide, and includes births, marriages, deaths and parish records. There is also the facility to build your family tree online. Although FamilySearch has millions and millions of records, it’s not the most accurate website. You should always try to verify the data you find.
      • FreeCEN
        Provides free England and Wales census records from 1841-1891. There are two more recent censuses from 1901 and 1911 which aren’t available here.
      • FreeREG
        Free parish register website which currently has 4,439,645 marriages, 13,430,998 baptisms and 9,266,754 burials from aroung the UK.
      • GENUKI
        UK & Ireland genealogy website. It’s not search engine where you can find individuals, but rather a portal to records available on other sites. It’s a great free resource which has links to each county and city of the UK and Ireland.
      • Online Parish Clerks- These are volunteer websites that transcribe parish records and put them online. These are some OPC projects from different English counties, and they’re all free of charge.
        Cornwall     Dorset    Hampshire     Kent     Lancashire     Somerset     Sussex     Warwickshire     Wiltshire
      • RootsChat
        The best family history and genealogy forum online. Although it’s not possible to search for individual names or records, it’s possible to search for other free resources. It’s also great for asking for help with your research if you can’t find what you’re looking for.
      • Ireland Genealogy Projects
        Here you will find listings of all the Irish counties and many links to free records available in each.
      • Cyndi’s List
        The original list of genealogy links on the internet. It’s still going and growing. It’s also a great free research tool.
      • FreeCen Scotland
        Some free Scottish census records from 1841, 1851, 1861 and 1871.