i am trying to find out some of my ancesters back from the 1700’s and the 1800’s and also the early 1900’s that is free, but i am not able to find a free website that will allow that so if anyone knows of one please let me know. thank you.

2 Responses to “does anyone know a family tree website that is free that i can acually find my ancesters from the 17&1800’s?”

  • prnigel:

    Unfortunately, kiddo, any attempts at delving into genealogy are going to involve a lot of patient digging and searching. The further back you try to go, the more scattered the records are going to be.
    No one website is going to be able to give you all the info on your family, they can only help you find sources of information for you to dig through for clues. Family trees are often frustrating to track, but the satisfaction when you succeed is tremendous. However, that same frustration is why so many people just wind up paying someone to do it. These professionals are trained to make the most of even the smallest clues in your family background. I wish you well of the hunt.

  • Ted Pack:

    This is a long answer that I paste now and again to questions like yours.

    The short answer to “How can I find my family tree?” is that if one of your great-aunts has spent 30 years researching it, AND has posted her research on the Internet, you’ll find it. If not, you will have to do the research yourself. It is not difficult, but it takes time. Most young people do not want to spend a couple of hours a week doing research, because it is too much like homework. So, you may want to skip the rest of this answer. If not, read on.

    If your line has been “done”, chance are it is on one of these two sites. When you search, don’t fill in all of the fields. Start with given name, surname and birth year. Use (+/-) 5 for the birth year. Expect to spend 15 – 45 minutes on each. Neither has any living people, so don’t enter your own name.

    http://www.familysearch.com
    (Mormon’s mega-site. Click on “Search”, to start with, or “Advanced Search”)

    Roots Web
    http://www.rootsweb.com
    and in particular,
    http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi
    (Roots Web World Connect; 460,000,000+ entries, of varying quality)

    Here are a few more. The resolved questions have lots of links and tips.

    http://www.cyndislist.com/
    (240,000+ links, all cross-indexed. If you want Welsh or Pennsylvania Dutch or Oregon or any other region, ethnic group or surname, chances are she has links for it.)

    Ancestry.com
    http://www.ancestry.com/
    (which has free pages and FEE pages – so watch out)
    and, in particular,
    http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/default.aspx?ln=
    Surname meanings and origins

    http://www.tedpack.org/begingen.html
    My own site: “How to Begin”

    United States only:

    http://www.usgenweb.net/
    (Subdivided into state sites, which all have county sites.)
    (The Canadians have Canadian Gen Web, by province)

    http://ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi
    (Social Security Death index – click on “Advanced”. You may find your grandparents.)

    http://find.person.superpages.com/
    (US Phone book, for looking up distant cousins)

    United Kingdom Only:

    http://www.genuki.org.uk/
    (Biggest site for United Kingdom & Ireland)

    http://www.freebmd.org.uk/
    (Free Birth, Marriage & Death Records)

    In the USA, some public libraries have census image subscriptions. Many Family History Centers do too.

    This is a general hint: Even though you go in through YA Canada, YA Australia, YA UK or YA USA, all of the questions go into one big “pot” and get read by everyone in the world who speaks English. Most of the people here are in the UK and USA, but you sometimes get questions and answers from people who worry about kangaroos eating their roses. So, if you are asking about a specific individual, put a nation and a state / province. It will help people help you.

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