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Free Genealogy Research Sites for each U. S. State

Free Genealogy Research Sites for each U. S. State

Vicki’s note – see Family History Daily link for these. 



Absolutely Free Genealogy Research Sites for Every Single U.S. State

by family history writer Tony Bandy


Free Sites on “doGenealogy”

Free Sites on “doGenealogy”

Vicki’s Note – I just heard about this new Site from “FamilyHistoryDaily.com” that  has volunteers gathering (Free) sites . 

Sounds a bit like what I do here on my BLOG under the Page/tab at the top of the BLOG – click on “Genealogy Links and Electronic Helps”.  There are many links there, and I will add a link to doGenealogy.

Click Here to read the Family History Daily article of sites and links on doGenealogy that are specifically on the subject of: “30 Free Genealogy Sites for Researching Your European Ancestry”

FamilyHistoryDaily has many more interesting articles on genealogy.

“About doGenealogy

doGenealogy is a new tool from Family History Daily that makes it easier than ever to locate no-cost genealogy research sites.

Because this is a brand new project we have many free sites still to add, check back regularly for these new resources.

While paid resources, like Ancestry.com, provide excellent services to family historians, there is a wealth of free genealogy data also available online.

doGenealogy offers a hand selected database of only high quality, completely free genealogy sites that will help you expand your research without spending a cent.

Thank you, as always, to the amazing volunteers who make these free family history resources possible.

Need research help? Try the helpful articles on Family History Daily.”

DNA Testing Sales and Deals

The more people that get tested, the more chances you have of ethnicity samples becoming more accurate, and the more chances you have of finding cousins.  If you have had your DNA tested, look back at the results a couple of times per year, you may find more accurate results just from more data being added from new testers. You will not have to pay again.
Or you can pay about $39 to have a DNA test from another company transferred to Family Tree DNA.  The more companies you test at, the greater your chances of having a match with a cousin. 
And information from YourDNAGuide.com about another free option to share your DNA tests.  Download your results to Gedmatch.com   to compare with more users.   GEDmatch provides DNA and genealogical analysis tools for amateur and professional researchers and genealogists. Most tools are free.  Read how to do it in the second part below:


DNA Testing Sales and Deals



There are so many DNA Deals we had to add a special page for them all. I have to tell you I haven’t met a DNA test that I didn’t like and I’ve tested with every one of these companies. Take advantage of the Father’s Day Specials; for yourself, your dad, your uncle, your aunt. Tell everyone to test, because I’m always looking for cousins.

AncestryDNA (Canada) Get $20 off their DNA kits.  Click HERE

 AncestryDNA (US) Get 20% off their DNA kits.  Click HERE

Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) Save as much as 20% off their DNA kits. Click HERE

MyHeritage Save $20 off their DNA kits. Click HERE

23andMe – Get your genealogy and medical DNA information. Save $50.  Click HERE 

Living DNA Save $40 off their DNA kits Click HERE




Gedmatch can be a great place to collaborate with others who have been tested at other companies and gain access to more genetic tools to try to figure out how you are related to others.

It is a FREE (yes, FREE!) service provided by very intelligent and motivated genetic genealogists. Anyone with genetic genealogy test results from 23andMe, FTDNA.com (the Family Finder test), and Ancestry.com.

1. Head over to www.Gedmatch.com and click on “New User.”

Memorial Day Weekend Free Offers #1

Vicki’s note – some free genealogy type offers from Hound on the Hunt BLOG:



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Free Military Records This Memorial Weekend?

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It’s Memorial Weekend and if you’re missing a few of your ancestor’s military records then it’s a great time to catch up.

Fold3 and Ancestry are offering free records. To find out more and to get the links.

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Don’t miss out on your chance to win an AncestryDNA kit this weekend. The May Edition of The DNA Angel Project is on and you could win an AncestryDNA kit for yourself or give to someone special.

Kind regards,
Ellen T-J

6 Keys to Success for African-American Genealogy Research AND Free Book

Vicki’s Note – 2-1-2017  Family Tree Magazine article posted on Facebook:

6 Keys to Success for African-American

Genealogy Research
Posted by Diane Haddad

Library of Congress

National African-American History Month began in 1926 when Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History founded Negro History Week.

The observation was expanded to a month in February 1976 with a declaration by President Gerald Ford. In 2017, you’ll find commemorations

So let’s talk genealogy. Those researching African-American ancestors often face a brick wall at slavery. These keys from Family Tree Magazine contributing editor Sunny Jane Morton are important to give yourself yourself the best possible chance to find your family:

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1. It’s not impossible. Tracing relatives in slavery is difficult due to the scarcity of historical records naming slaves. But with persistence, many African-American genealogists have been able to identify their enslaved ancestors.

2. Trace your family back to the Civil War using typical sources and methods, such as talking to relatives and searching censuses, vital records and newspapers. You may find that some records are segregated, such as a “colored” marriage register.

3. Study your family’s migrations. During the 20th century, millions of African-Americans in the rural South moved to cities in the north and west. If your family followed this pattern, ask relatives about your family’s moves and use censuses and city directories to track them.

4. Check the 1860 and 1850 censuses. About 90 percent of African-Americans were enslaved at the time of the Civil War, and weren’t named in censuses. Free blacks often do appear in censuses and other records.

5. Identify slaveholding families. Enslaved people didn’t have legal surnames. Freed slaves sometimes (but not always) took the surname of a former slaveholder. If this was the case for your family, the name may lead you to their location during slavery. You may need to use records of the slaveholding families, such as wills and estate inventories, to trace your enslaved ancestors’ whereabouts.

6. Go offline. To learn about African-American ancestors before 1865, you’ll probably need to research in records that aren’t online.

Click here to download our free e-book Trace Your African-American Ancestry, with six guides from Family Tree Magazine to help you discover your African-American family history.

And this just in: Genealogy website Fold3 has announced that its African-American genealogy records collection will be free to access for the month of February. You may need to set up a free Fold3 registration to use the records.

Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Indiana

(Note from Vicki – I was reminded about this wonderful genealogy resource. Allen  County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

–  It will accept your genealogy research if your family does not want it after you pass – remember to put your  genealogy work into your will – using form ‘My Genealogical Will For Preserving My Family History”.

– It has some great free databases available on-line, see link below.

-It might be worth a road trip to do research on their in-house databases there, or take one of their many workshops.)

.Allen  County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


Allen County Genealogy Center

Our Databases

Need help? Take the next step with your research.
Contact: Genealogy@ACPL.Info

About Our Databases
Our Goal is to make your search successful
Our databases are part of the unique collection of print materials, microtext, online resources, and staff expertise that comprise the great research experience in The Genealogy Center.

The Databases and Files have been compiled by the library and its various volunteer corps or have been given to The Center to post on the web for free use by all. Each database can be searched separately. Please be certain to read the details about each database, including search tips, for the best searches possible. On The Genealogy Center main page, in the Discovery box, there is a place for you to search all of our databases at once.

Databases & Files (which you can access online at http://www.genealogycenter.org/Databases.aspx
Browse a list of our databases
Microtext Catalog
African American Gateway
Allen County, Indiana Resources
Family Bible Records
Family Resources
Genealogy Center Surname File
Indiana Resources
Native American Gateway
Other States Resources
Our Military Heritage
Community Album

On-Site Databases
Databases for in-house use

The On-Site Databases are data files the library licenses from outside vendors. These databases are free to use when in The Genealogy Center but are not accessible remotely.

African American Heritage
African American Historical Newspapers
Archives Unbound: Evangelism in Africa: Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Mission, 1835-1910
Archives Unbound: The Civil War in Words and Deeds
Archives Unbound: The War of 1812: Diplomacy on the High Seas
PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)
Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive


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