100 BEST FREE ON­LINE RE­SOURCES

Editor cel­e­brates 100 is­sues of Who Do You Think You Are? Mag­a­zine by se­lect­ing 100 great fam­ily his­tory re­sources any­one can ac­cess for free on­line

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - CONTENTS - Sarah Wil­liams

Editor Sarah Wil­liams selects 100 fam­ily his­tory re­sources that any­one can ac­cess for free on­line

Over the past 100 is­sues of this mag­a­zine, I have come across thou­sands of web­sites, some vast, some small, some ba­sic, some beau­ti­ful. All of them in­clude some­thing that fam­ily his­to­ri­ans will find use­ful.

So when I started com­pil­ing this list of my top 100, I had a prob­lem. How can you whit­tle thou­sands down to just 100?

I de­cided to fo­cus on web­sites that had pri­mary data on them as well as fo­rums that I be­lieve are gen­uinely use­ful and needed in­clud­ing. I also de­cided to ask for in­put from fam­ily his­tory so­ci­eties.

The spe­cial­ist knowl­edge held by fam­ily his­tory so­ci­eties is phe­nom­e­nal and of­ten un­der-used and by en­list­ing their in­put I have been able to in­clude some unsung he­roes in my top 100.

There­fore, my thanks go to the Fed­er­a­tion of Fam­ily His­tory So­ci­eties and to the Scot­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Fam­ily His­tory So­ci­eties for their help.

If you find the sug­gested web­sites use­ful, please con­sider join­ing the rel­e­vant fam­ily his­tory so­ci­ety where you will get even more sup­port for your re­search.

Some of the sites I have cho­sen rep­re­sent a type of re­source. There are other ex­cel­lent ar­chive web­sites with in­dexes and tran­scrip­tions that I didn’t in­clude as well as sites run by en­thu­si­asts I didn’t have room for. I hope you en­joy my se­lec­tion and that it in­spires you to look fur­ther afield in your re­search. Bet­ter still, join a fam­ily his­tory so­ci­ety and ask them for their ad­vice – all the so­ci­eties that helped with this list had lots of sug­ges­tions!

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