Stay up-to-date with the latest happenings and products in the genealogy industry thanks to these top news websites and blogs.
Websites new to our list for 2021 are indicated by an asterisk (*). Sites marked with a dollar sign ($) require a subscription or other payment to fully take advantage of their content; otherwise free sites that have some sort of premium tier or paid add-on have this noted in the write-ups.
For almost a quarter-century, computer-industry veteran Dick Eastman has covered the latest tech and genealogy in his frequently updated newsletter and website. The Plus Edition subscription ($19.95/year) grants access to more and longer content.
With podcasts, how-to guides and a YouTube channel, Lisa Louise Cooke is a multimedia master of genealogy instruction. Her Premium membership ($49.95/year) grants access to more how-to’s, including bonus videos and exclusive podcast episodes.
With nearly 400 podcast episodes to date, George G. Morgan and Drew Smith have covered the genealogy scene in-depth since 2005. You can also check out their blog and enroll in online courses and webinars.
Got legal questions about DNA, copyright, record access and other tricky topics? Judy G. Russell, a “genealogist with a law degree,” has answers, served up with a side of personal stories and reflections.
Since 1996, this eclectic site has sampled passenger lists, immigration tips, military records, almshouse data and more. Specialty pages include those on Loyalists, Palatine genealogy, Huguenots, Mennonites and Quakers. Webmaster Lorine McGinnis Schulze also offers paid genealogy research services through her site.
Using freedom-of-information laws and open-data requests, this advocacy group has obtained more than 28 million records previously under wraps. Missouri birth and death indexes are among the latest triumphs.
One good thing to come out of the pandemic is that this premier genealogy conference went free and virtual in February 2021. You can view talks from this and previous years here—no travel to Salt Lake City required.