Best Genealogy News & Help Websites of 2016

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Ancestry Insider

Get the inside scoop on the latest developments at not only but also FamilySearch, along with amusing insights and reports from happenings such as the RootsTech conference.

Finding Your Roots

Go behind the scenes as host Henry Louis Gates, Jr., explores celebrities’ genealogy and genetics, view complete episodes, and click on free webinars and localized content.



Family history bloggers will find inspiration here, and those more worried about brick walls than writer’s block can search almost 3,000 genealogy- and family history-related blogs.

Genealogy Gems

Home to a lively blog and a virtual book club as well as a wealth of helpful podcasts, Lisa Louise Cooke’s site will open your eyes as well as your ears.

Genealogy Roadshow

Catch up on past seasons of this PBS program and view videos of tips from its expert hosts.



This lively blog from Randy Seaver deftly mixes personal “musings” with genealogy tips, techniques and news. Plenty to learn here, but also plenty of family history fun.


Couldn’t make it to this cutting-edge genealogy conference, or missed a session? Click to watch video of selected 2016 sessions, plus 2015 highlights.


Is this the future of television? Having far outgrown its “funniest home videos” origins, YouTube is now the go-to place for genealogy videos. Among the tens of thousands of family history how-tos are episodes from PBS’ “Genealogy Roadshow” and presentations from Family Tree Magazine authors.

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