Best FREE Genealogy Websites for Canada, UK and Ireland, 2017

By David A. Fryxell Premium


Volunteers for this site’s three online transcription projects have made available 333 million birth, marriage and death records (1837-1983); 38 million records from parish registers (1500s and later); and entries on 32 million individuals from census data (1841-1891). Before you pay to find your UK kin, check here.


Get your British Isles genealogy questions answered in this virtual reference library of genealogical information about the UK and Ireland (GENeaology + UK + Ireland = GENUKI). Maps, how-tos, a church database, FAQs and more will jump-start your research.

Library and Archives Canada 

Do your one-stop “shopping” here for free Canadian censuses, immigration lists, vital records, land and military files at this umbrella site.

National Archives of Ireland 

Explore your Irish ancestry in this collection that includes 1901 and 1911 census records, census survivals (1821-1851), census search forms (1841-1851), Tithe Applotment Books (1823-1837), Soldiers’ Wills (1914-1917), and the Calendars of Wills and Administrations (1858-1922).

National Library of Ireland 

The pot of gold here is the free collection of some 373,000 images of birth, marriage and burial registers from the majority of Catholic parishes in Ireland and Northern Ireland, dating from the 1700s to about 1880. You can browse them by parish; click on the map at to get started.

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