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April 29, 2014

What Are Your Top 5 Genealogy Websites?

What Are Your Top 5 Genealogy Websites?
What are the top 5 websites you use most often for genealogy? This was a question posed by a friend on Facebook  and I thought the responses were very interesting. They also gave me some leads on new avenues of research. So here is the question repeated and I hope my readers will comment with their top 5. The sites can be free or pay-to-view.

Here are my top 5: I use it daily for American, Canadian and British research and would be lost without it.
FamilySearch - for International databases
British Newspaper Archive for my British ancestry
Library and Archives Canada for Canadian databases
Trove (National Library of Australia) for Australian & British ancestors

It was difficult to narrow my top sites to 5 as I have about a dozen that I use frequently (meaning at least once a week).  They include,, (yep I snuck my own site in this list but I do use it frequently),, and others.

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Celia Lewis said...

Old Fulton Postcards(NY newspapers)

& then...
NEHGS (AmericanAncestors)
old history books online anywhere, including WorldCat libraries

And with 2 big screens I often have several open at the same time, checking them against each other. So useful.
- Celia

Unknown said...

Institut Drouin (I'm French Canadian)
New York City vital records on
Library and Archives Canada.

The first two open automatically when my browser opens. The rest are frequent go-tos. The hardest part is limiting myself to five! Thanks for the challenge.

Janice Harshbarger said...

My top five: (yes, I know it's the same as Ancestry but I find the family trees easier to use ad when I'm just starting on someone I usually go there first)

Also high up on the list would be

And there are still 22 people who are my third and fourth grandparents that I can't "find", except for a name and sometimes a birth and death date.

Jackie Corrigan said...

My top 2 would be and FamilySearch. Then, because I have mostly French Canadian roots, the next 3 would be PRDH (subscription site) at, Fichier Origine (free) at and PREFEN (free)at

Olive Tree Genealogy said...

Celia, thanks for reminding me about Fulton postcards. I am there at least once a month!

And thanks for the support of my site! (grin)


Olive Tree Genealogy said...

Maureen thanks for mentioning Institut Druin. It's really helpful to hear from others as to what genealogy sites they use the most!

I totally agree with how difficult it was to limit the list to 5 and am thinking I might do a Top 10 or even a Top 25. Maybe by categories - International, Canada, American, etc

Olive Tree Genealogy said...

Janice - I've never used AmericanAncestors, will have to check it out. I do have American roots prior to the American Revolution

Olive Tree Genealogy said...

Jackie thanks for listing those French Canadian sites! I have Quebec ancestors but only prior to 1650s

Yvonne Demoskoff said...

Lorine, my top 5 gene. sites depend on whom I'm researching, but for my French-Canadian ancestors, it's, Genealogie Quebec (Institut Drouin), PRDH, BMS2000 and Mes Aieux (Your Folks). Running a close 6 and 7 are LAC and FamilySearch :)

Diane Scannell said...

My top genealogy web sites are
Rootsweb (I have a personal web page hosted here and love the transcribed records submitted by dedicated contributors), Ancestry, FamilySearch, GenealogyBank, and AmericanAncestors. There is also Find-A-Grave, FindMyPast, FreeBMD, GenesReunited, ScotlandsPeople, US (and World) Genweb Project,, and of course, Olive Tree Genealogy.

Howard Swain said...

Lorine - NEHGS (American Ancestors) has been increasingly moving into coverage of NY.

Also, they have online back issues of The American Genealogist (TAG) now up thru vol. 82. This alone is almost worth the cost of membership to me.

Amy said...

My top five are Ancestry, FamilySearch, Steve Morse's pages,, and Facebook. Facebook is great for finding living relatives.

Dana Leeds said...

I'm new to research in England and didn't know about "The British Newspaper Archive". Thanks for sharing that tip!