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My ‘must have’ list of top 10 genealogy websites.

This list of top 10 genealogy websites is a bit different than others because I have evaluated them based on the sheer quantity of data and sources I have found for my own personal research, regardless whether they are paid or free.
will of Richard Chatterton found on the UK Archives site.

17th century will of Richard Chatterton found on the UK Archives site, #9 on my top 10 genealogy websites list.

I will only subscribe to a site if I’m sure it’s worth it as I can usually find most other information on free sites with some effort.

It just so happens though, that my favorite site to conduct research is a paid site, while all the rest except one are free.

Ancestry ($)

Although this site requires a paid subscription, it is the one and only site I do pay for as I find I truly do get my money’s worth. No matter what location, type of record, or time period, I can usually find something of value on this site. The search feature is rather confusing and cumbersome. Just keep in mind it’s better to be as specific as possible and use the filters appropriately and you will get fairly accurate results.

Family Search

Over the past few years, Family Search has been quickly catching up to Ancestry because of the sheer quantity of transcriptions, images, and collections they continue to make available online. They have a very accurate and intuitive search.

Library and Archives Canada

I am Canadian, with roots in both French Canada (Quebec) and Acadia (Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia). Anytime I am researching a Canadian line, this is the first site I go to – even before Ancestry and Family Search.

Nova Scotia Archives

My Acadian ancestors form a rather specialized area of research, and the Nova Scotia Archives genealogy research site is the first place I go. Original records are available for a per unit price, but I’m quite happy just printing the transcribed records for the most part.

Internet Archive

My husband’s Welsh Quaker, British, royal and new world ancestors are the largest part of my research and this is the one site I go to when I’m unable to find original records or even transcriptions of records elsewhere. I’ve found numerous genealogy studies, articles, and books; history books, etc. that have provided detailed information. It is important to remember, however, that errors were not uncommon in these publications, and I do continue to try to find more concrete sources.

Foundation for Medieval Genealogy

I am fascinated by my husband’s medieval and royal ancestry and this site is a well-researched site. Any suspect information is clearly identified and there is a clear explanation of why. Original medieval sources are cited in detail, supporting all facts and conclusions.

University of Hull Royal Database

This is also a very well researched site providing invaluable information about the royal lineages of Britain and Europe. I usually consult this site in tandem with the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy site above. This helps to confirm some information to a certain degree.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

About 1750, my husband’s Welsh and British ancestors started arriving in the new world and the branches that took root there flourished to impact all areas of American life. Next to Ancestry, I find this site valuable for actual military files and numerous other archived documents. All requests, however, must be done by snail mail, in which case I try to avoid this site a lot. I’m definitely an instant gratification kind of person. Hopefully one day they’ll set up online access, even if it is paid. I’d certainly subscribe to this one.

UK Archives ($)

I have found some of the more interesting documents on this site, including numerous scans of original wills from the 16th to the 19th century. There is something about the old English script that I find very beautiful and it’s a suitable challenge for my puzzle oriented mind to transcribe them. There is a per unit price to download documents, but the price is very reasonable and I have no problem paying it, considering the high quality of the document scans.

World GenWeb

No one individual GenWeb site in this network is used all that much in my research, but if you consider all research found on any of the GenWeb sites, it definitely warrants a top ten position. I have listed the main World GenWeb site, which links through to the full network of other sites from other locations. By using the links, it is possible to drill down from the global and country levels to county and indeed township sites in some cases.

 

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions: June 15, 2014

Following are the FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com updates and additions up to and including June 15, 2014.

 

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Central America

Czechoslovakia

Italy

Japan

Moldova

New Zealand

Puerto Rico

Sweden

Switzerland

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FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions – June 4, 2014

The following are the most recent FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com updates and additions of numerous collections.

 

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An example of a probate document as listed in FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions.

FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions

Brazil

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Korea

Netherlands

Peru

Poland

Portugal

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United States

Venezuela

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Austria

Brazil

Colombia

Czech Republic

Denmark

Dominican Republic

Estonia

Germany

Indonesia

Peru

Philippines

United Kingdom

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FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions – May 20, 2014

Following are the most recent FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions up to and including May 20, 2014.

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions

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Brazil

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France

Indonesia

Netherlands

Nicaragua

Peru

Spain

United Kingdom

United States

 

Ancestry.com Updates and Additions

Australia

Germany

Indonesia

Paraguay

Peru

United Kingdom

United States

Zimbabwe

 

 

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions – May 12, 2014

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and AdditionsFollowing are the most recent FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions.

 

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Belgium

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Italy

South Africa

Spain

Sweden

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Worldwide

 

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Canada

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Ghana

Poland

Switzerland

United Kingdom

United States

Above are the most recent FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions.

 

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions – May 3, 2014

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and AdditionsThe  following are the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions since April 26, 2014.

 

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England

New Zealand

Peru

Philippines

Portugal

Spain

Russia

United States

 

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Australia

Austria

Canada

Dominican Republic

England

Germany

Hungary

India

Netherlands

Micronesia

Peru

Switzerland

United States

Zimbabwe

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