Best FREE Genealogy Websites of 2017: Online Vital and Grave Records

By David A. Fryxell Premium

Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates 

Wouldn’t it be great if your ancestors’ birth and death records were available online—free—as downloadable or printable PDFs? If your kin come from Arizona, that dream is a reality at this state website, with birth records now spanning 1855 to 1941 and deaths from 1870 to 1966.

Arkansas Gravestones 

We’d also appreciate it if every state had something like this Arkansas archive of more than 1.1 million gravestone photo records from across the state. It’s not searchable, but is indexed by surname.

Billion Graves 

Maybe not quite at a billion yet, “the world’s largest resource for searchable GPS cemetery data” is getting there with the help of volunteers armed with GPS-tagging smartphone apps.

BYU Idaho 

Note the new address and new look for this home to the Western States Marriage Index, with more than 912,000 records from a dozen states. You’ll also find Idaho death records and other resources.

Canadian Headstones 

Search or browse nearly 1.7 million tombstone transcriptions from Alberta to the Yukon—complete with photos—at this volunteer site.

Find A Grave 

With more than 160 million grave records from around the world, many with photos or additional data, this ever-growing site is one you’ll be dying to search. (Sorry.)

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