A list of blogs, databases, and other places to look for your family. – This site is free to use. It is run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There are many databases and collections available to browse. Some are indexed and some have not been yet. Check back often to see what has been added. There are also many helpful links, ideas, and other information in the wiki. This is a good place to begin your journey. – Ancestry is a subscription based site that holds many databases and collections. There are a few free options available, and they will show you limited search results. Many libraries have a Ancestry Library Edition subscription in house, so check with your library to see if they offer this service. It is a good place to explore and see if you might want to purchase a subscription for home use.

Google Books – Google has digitized many books and some are available for free to search through and even download. These mainly consist of books with outdated copyrights. Try searching a town your ancestor lived in to find books about the area. This will help you understand the historical settings your ancestors lived in. You can also try to add their surname with the location as sometimes there are directories or even town biographies available that might list them.

Ancestral Findings – This link takes you to a listing of hard to find surnames. Search the database to see if any one has listed your surname, or add your own. Someone might contact you. Do note that there is no option to sort alphabetically, so it might take some time to scroll through the names.

Make Family History – This site hasn’t been updated since 2016, but the activities on here look like a lot of fun and are geared toward the teenager in your family. They include recreating photographs, making movies, writing your autobiography and more.

Cyndi’s List – This is a free listing of just about everything genealogy related online. – Dead Fred is a photograph sharing site for old family photographs that are either unidentified or “rescued” and need to find their family. This site is outdated being very small and a little hard to see on newer browsers.

Many Roads – Many Roads has a post about German terms for common deaths and illnesses. It also lists the sources they used to create the list. This can come in handy as I transcribe old German church records. -Historic German Address books

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