Useful Websites

Free ONLINE genealogy resources:

General Resources - Learning Center
Some resources focus on tools, but the majority cover general genealogy and family history topics. Includes valuable Research Guides for specific topics, ethnicities and geographic locations.

Ancestry K12
As an educator, I have enjoyed these classroom genealogy resources for K12. They are free and I have even used some of these ideas with the grandkids.

Board for Certification of Genealogists- Skillbuilding 
Although geared towards professional genealogists and certification candidates, this site provides valuable articles, information and lessons on genealogical research methodology. Great site for those who are looking to advance their skills. 

This site is an invaluable resource offering something for genealogists from beginners to advanced. Resources include a webinar archive, live online events, and a DearMYRTLE You Tube channel for recordings of previous live events.

Evidence Explained 
This site has helped me tremendously. It is a companion site to the reference book Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, with “QuickLessons” and resource focused on historical analysis, citation, and source usage.

FamilySearch Learning Center
Educational resources from the FamilySearch website.

National Archives and Records Administration – Resources for Genealogists 
A variety of resources for beginners interested in family history. 


Adventures in Genealogy Education
Resources for genealogical education conferences, institutes and workshops.

Genealogy Tip of the Day
A daily helpful tip on genealogy research.

Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems
Free videos, webinars and articles on getting started. I enjoy listening to her podcasts!

Online Courses 

Brigham Young University Independent Study – Online Courses 
Free, self-paced, online courses including Introduction to Family History Research. – Genealogy: Introduction to Genealogy
Free, self-paced genealogy course for beginners complete with quizzes.

Webinars Webinars offers live and archived webinars. Some are specific to, but many others offer insights into genealogical research, looking for clues, and accessing records. and more videos at

Lists upcoming webinars for the genealogy community.

FamilySearch – Family History Library Webinars 
Free genealogy webinars

Legacy Family Tree Webinars 
This is a subscription-based education channel with over 200 recorded webinars and syllabi materials. It also offers free live webinars and recordings.

Southern California Genealogical Society Webinar Series 
Free genealogy webinars provided twice a week on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings, open to the public; recordings available to society members only.

Wikis Family History Wik
A wiki containing content as well as content from The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy and Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

FamilySearch Research Wiki 
A Wikipedia-like resource which offers thousands of articles on genealogy and family history.

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