It’s that time of year for the 24th iteration, the FamilyTree Magazine has released their 2023 list of 100 Best Genealogy Websites. The usual big sites include Ancestry, MyHeritage, FindMyPast and FamilySearch. I’m amazed at how many genealogy sites are available to us. Let’s look at a few lesser-known sites included on their list.
Reclaim The Records: Public Data for Public Use - Reclaim The Records
This is an interesting non-profit group. They work hard to help the rest of us get access to historical and digitized records from various institutions and government entities. I had no idea such a group existed.
RootsPoint | Global genealogy community
This site is a paid membership. They have eBooks that are categorized by state. (Sadly, none for North Dakota that I could find but I did see South Dakota and Minnesota.) According to their site “RootsPoint contains the US 1940 US Federal Census that contains more than 130 million names. It also has the UK census records from 1841-1901. These UK census records contain more than 169 million names. RootsPoint also has the UK births, Marriages and Deaths collection and the index to New York City marriage applications, affidavits and licenses from 1908-1929.”
One-Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse (stevemorse.org)
The descriptor from the site: “This site contains tools for finding immigration records, census records, vital records, and for dealing with calendars, maps, foreign alphabets, and numerous other applications. Some of these tools fetch data from other websites but do so in more versatile ways than the search tools provided on those websites.” It’s worth checking out.
About AncientFaces - Share Memories to Discover Together
This free site allows people to share memories about friends and family. It’s an interesting concept. Try searching for an ancestor and see if you have any luck.
It’s good to explore beyond the usual genealogy sites. I hope these help you in your family research. Happy Searching!
With a lifelong passion for genealogy and history, the author enjoys the opportunity to share genealogy tidbits, inspiring others to research and write their family story.