I am looking for ways to make my family trees available to the general public. My trees at Ancestry.com can only be viewed by family and friends who I permit by email address. This is not a very helpful system in my opinion.
I have created four Ancestry.com family trees with Family Tree Maker software:
Contact me for an invitation to view these trees.
To do your own internet research, try the following sites:
Note: Three sites in this list (Ancestry.com, Genealogy.com, RootsWeb.com) are all controlled by one corporation—Ancestry.com. They also produce Family Tree Maker software, although thay have announced that they will no longer support it. Although the corporation offers some free services, they make money by selling annual subscriptions to historical databases. The upside is that they are making lots of valuable information accessible through the internet.
This is a brief introduction to genealogical research with some links for beginners. It is a good place to start before constructing your family tree.
Here is another introductory resource with a great slection of links.
According to GenealogyInTime Magazine these ten websites receive about 42 percent of the traffic to all the genealogy websites on the internet.
Again, here is a list from GenealogyInTime Magazine.
Again, according to GenealogyInTime Magazine, these are the top 100 websites visited on the internet.
Ancestry maintains the web's largest collection of online historical records. A quick search on this site will reveal if anything is available in their record collections about the individual you are researching. However many of the databases can only be accessed by subscription. (I currently subscribe to the World Deluxe membership which gives me access to all their domestic and international records, including the U.S. records collection, U.S. immigration records, and U.S. census records.)
A quick search on this site will also reveal if anything is available in their online record collections about the individual you are researching. Like Ancestry.com, many of the databases can only be accessed by subscription. (However, subscribing to Ancestry.com is a better deal.)
This is an online genealogy community for learning and collaboration. I have not used it much, because it never turned up much useful information for me. I really can't comment on its effectiveness.
This is the genealogy site of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints. They are improving their search capabilities with a new online pilot program. In addition, they have an enormous amount of microfilmed information from around the world that can be accessed at their Family Research Centers in cities throughout the country.
The passenger records at Ellis Island have been transcribed and are available in a searchable database for free. Keep in mind that Ellis Island only served as an immigration processing center from 1892-1924.
A lot of information is available online at www.archives.gov. I have not used it much to date, but plan to explore it more in the future.
Additional free resources.
A genealogy club in Kentucky recommended this resource as a good place to start.
This is the best-selling software for genealogy research. It is produced by The Generations Network which also owns Ancestry.com, Genealogy.com, RootsWeb.com, and MyFamily.com. Being best-selling doesn't necessarily mean it's the best software, but it is easy to use and can do quick online searches through its links with Ancestry.com. (In 2015, Ancestry announced that they would no longer support Family Tree Maker. I think they believe that working online is better for them. I find it to be more clumsy.)