Best FREE Genealogy Websites of 2017: International Genealogy Websites

Best FREE Genealogy Websites of 2017: International Genealogy Websites

Take a walk in your ancestors' shoes and learn the fascinating details of their everyday lives with these free social history websites.


If you have neighbors to the north in your family tree, you can learn about their history in 40 million pages from some of Canada’s most popular archival collections, ranging from the 1500s to the mid-1900s.

Documenting the American South 

Explore your Dixie heritage in these 16 thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews and songs.


From the Civil War to climate change, this Ohio State University site opens a window into the past, including a searchable timeline and hundreds of maps. Don’t miss the searchable online edition of the 128-volume Official Records of the Civil War (the “OR”), including index and atlas.

A Glossary of Archaic Medical Terms, Diseases and Causes of Death

Wondering what ailed (or worse) your ancestors? From Chagas disease to scald head, this website explains those old medical terms you find on death certificates and in obituaries.

Mapping the Fourth of July 

How did your ancestral hometown celebrate Independence Day during the Civil War? That simple question finds complex answers at this crowdsourced compilation of thousands of newspaper articles, speeches, letters and diaries.


Picture your Great Depression-era family—literally—in this collection of 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the US Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information and now housed at the Library of Congress. More than half of the images are plotted on an interactive map.

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law 

You’ll need to register for access, but then this collection from HeinOnline, one of America’s premier subscription sites for legal research, is free to access. Totaling nearly 900,000 pages from more than 1,300 titles, it gives you pretty much everything ever published about slavery before 1870.

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