Best International Genealogy Websites of 2016

By David A. Fryxell Premium

ArkivDigital $

About $170 a year gives you access to 59 million Swedish records in glorious color, including a complete range of church records.


Free to discover here are 40 million pages from some of Canada’s most popular archival collections, ranging from the 1600s to the mid-1900s. You also can subscribe to access several hundred thousand early Canadian titles, or click to search the Discovery Portal—60 million documents from libraries, museums and archives.

Danish Demographic Database

Easy to navigate and English-friendly, this site features Danish censuses and selected probate records.


A new, still-in-beta page makes accessing all the digitized Norwegian records here even easier. The searchable census, parish and other records are bound to help you find your inner Viking.


This database of user-uploaded German genealogy files includes nearly 15 million individuals in 5.4 million
families. Powerful search tools let you filter your results to find only the Schmidts of Bremen, for example. You’ll find other databases, too, as well as research how-tos (under FAQs at the top). Surf the site in Chrome to translate the German to English.

New genealogy sources are added weekly to this gateway to Central and Eastern European records, already tops 740,000 pages of historical directories, memorials to Jewish communities destroyed in the Holocaust, military lists, community and personal histories, and school sources.


Quickly search this important site for a Jewish ancestor’s surname or town, or dig deep into databases of names, places, burials and more.

Library and Archives Canada

Our neighbors to the north make it a snap to find Canadian kin in searchable census records, vital records, immigration lists, land and military records.

Wie Was Wie

Population registers, church registers and user-generated family trees and biographies add to the essential civil-registration records at the core of this Dutch genealogy website, now topping 110 million entries.