In 2012 I listed my personal favorites of Top 10 Genealogy websites. I've revised that list and created a baker's dozen of my most-used genealogy websites, in categories for Canadian, American and International research.
Oh yeah, and there's an "Everything Category" too. There are many many other fantastic websites out there but I had to have a cut-off number so I chose the traditional "Baker's Dozen".
These websites have genealogy records for world-wide research
* Ancestry.com - ($) pay site but my absolute #1. I visit several times daily in my search for Canadian, American and English ancestors.
* FamilySearch -
(free) Lots of images and indexes world-wide. I probably only frequent
it once a week. I confess that I find the search function not
as friendly as it once was. I use it for my American and English
American Genealogy Research
* Olive Tree Genealogy (free) Yes I know it's my site. But it is my first stop for ships' passenger lists to USA, New Netherland research and New York
records (births, marriages, naturalizations, almshouse, orphans etc.) It's eclectic and has a mix of genealogy records.
* NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) (free) NARA has lots of goodies if you take the time to look around the site
* Fold3 - ($) pay site- So many military records you could get lost for a week!
Canadian Genealogy Research
* Library & Archives Canada (free) - dozens of free online databases for anyone with ancestors who lived in Canada. I use this site at least once a month.
* Olive Tree Genealogy (free) Yes I know I listed it in my American research category. But I use it as my first stop
to find ships' passenger lists to Canada and for Loyalist and land records in Ontario.
* The Ancestor Hunt (free) I use Kenneth R. Marks' blog for listings of online Canadian Newspapers. They aren't always easy to find and this blog has a great listing of links
International Genealogy Research
* Free BMD -
(free) Civil Registration Indexes. My mother's ancestry is solidly
English so I use this site a lot (several times a month) to find
ancestors in the index to Births, Deaths and Marriages after 1837.
* The British Newspaper Archive ($) I love this site for finding newspaper articles about my English ancestors. I use it about twice a month.
* The National Archives UK
(free) Lots of online documents and very reasonably priced documents
you can download instantly. I use this monthly for my English ancestors.
* Trove. (free)
Another newspaper site (and more!) for Australia. I have found many
newspaper records here for my Australian and English ancestors.
* Cora Web
(free) If I want to know anything about ships passenger lists to
Australia I head to Cora's site. I don't go that often but I know it's
there when I need it.
Since I listed my own site twice, I am adding one more site to complete my Baker's Dozen. That is the wonderfully organized and huge list of links to every resource imaginable on Cyndi's List