10 Best Genealogy and History YouTube Channels

By Andrew Koch Premium

YouTube gets a bad rep for of some of its nonsensical, click-baity content. But the web’s largest video-hosting service has a lot more to offer than just cat videos and local news bloopers. (Though, of course, you can find plenty of both there.) In fact, if you know what to look for, you can unearth some great free videos for your research. But, given users add more than 400 hours of video to YouTube each minute, how can you find the right resources? We’re here to help with this list of the best genealogy and history resources on YouTube.

Genealogy channels

History channels

  • The Great War: Commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I, this channel examines the “war to end all wars” week by week in “real time.” Each episode covers events that happened exactly 100 years ago at the time of its upload. If your ancestors fought in or lived during World War I, this detailed history is for you.
  • Crash Course: US History: Author and vlogger John Green hosts this fun and informative educational series that traces US history from the continent’s earliest inhabitants to the Obama presidency. This series is perfect for those who need a brief refresher on American history and politics. Crash Course has also produced  series on World History, World Mythology and more.
  • Suibhne: This channel produces slick animated videos that summarize the history of individual countries. These can serve as great introductions to the history of your ancestral homeland.

Looking for more great family history finds on social media? Check out our guide to using Reddit for genealogy.