Best FREE Genealogy Websites of 2017: Online Genealogy Tips and Help

By David A. Fryxell Premium

Ancestry Insider

This fun-to-read blog (no longer being updated, but worth the informative read through past posts) has reports from the front lines of genealogy technology at, FamilySearch and elsewhere, with insightful answers to reader questions.

Genealogy Gems

More than 200 free podcast episodes with research experts make Lisa Louise Cooke’s “genealogy radio” website a must, along with how-to videos, a genealogy book club and a helpful news blog.

Genealogy Roadshow

Watch episodes from this PBS program that investigates the family history questions of everyday people, go behind the scenes, and read the show hosts’ tips on genealogy topics ranging from getting started to connecting with royal ancestors.


Randy Seaver keeps up with what’s new at the top genealogy websites so you don’t have to, while also serving up helpful examples from his own research.


Cheaper than a trip to Salt Lake City, this site hosts videos of all the 2017 sessions from this high-tech genealogy conference, along with an archive of 2016 presentations.


Skip the cat videos. The words family history research get more than 4.8 million results, including videos from and Family Tree Magazine authors.

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