Genealogy Forums

Using genealogy forums can help a lot if you’re looking to connect with other family historians, ask for help finding records and finding answers to your family’s past.

  • RootsChat
    This is the most popular genealogy and family history forum in the UK. There are almost 200,000 users and more than 4.5 million posts. It’s also, probably, the best place to ask questions as there are many experienced family historians who can answer you or point you in the right direction. Free, but you’ll need to register.
  • RootsWeb Message Boards
    The world’s largest online genealogy community with over 25 Million posts on more than 198,000 boards.
  • MyHeritage Message Boards
    This forum covers the whole world, but has many posts related to UK & Ireland genealogy.
  • Family Tree Forum
    Another active forum with many users and daily interaction. Get research tips or even give advice to other. Free, but you’ll need to register.
  • Genes Reunited Message Boards
    The message boards are really a forum, which is part of the Genes Reunited site. The boards are very active and I’ve used them myself to break down a few brick walls. You need to subscribe to see the family history records, but the forum is free to use if you register.
  • Tribal Pages Genealogy Forum
    Worldwide coverage, but very useful and popular.
  • British Genealogy Forum
    Free UK genealogy and ancestry forum
  • CuriousFox
    CuriousFox, the village by village contact site for anyone researching family history, genealogy and local history in the UK and Ireland.
  • Great War Forum
    The Great War Forum is a very active place to discuss and find help about your military ancestors and their war experiences.
  • Victorian Wars Forum
    British military campaigns from 1837-1902

Local Genealogy Forums

  • Birmingham History Forum
    The Birmingham History Forum is an active site which has many topics for family historians and genealogists looking to research thier Birmingham ancestors, local and family history.
  • Kent History Forum
    The place to discuss all things history related in Kent. You’ll find many others discussing all manner of topics from aircraft to dockyards to POW camps. It’s also possible to make family history look-up requests from other users.
  • Liverpool Genealogy Forum
    The Liverpool Genealogy Forum covers queries within the area of Lancashire between the Ribble and the Mersey including Liverpool, Southport, Warrington, Skelmersdale, Leigh and Widnes.
  • Manchester Family History Forum
    The Manchester Family History Forum aims to help its members with their family history research. Members can help each other to find the resources they need when researching in the areas of Manchester & Salford.
  • Sheffield History Forum
    Sheffield History is an active site with a popular forum related to the local history of Sheffield, South Yorkshire. It has a section related to genealogy.
  • Ulster Ancestry Genealogy & Ancestry Forums
    Message board for discussion of Ulster Genealogy and Northern Ireland Ancestry / Family History