Can You Search for Your Family History on the Web for Free?


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Family history websites with substantial amounts of free content available without registration include FamilySearch.org, USGenWeb.org, and 1940census.archives.gov. LibertyEllisFoundation.org offers records of passengers' arrival at Ellis Island free to registered users.

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Free resources are also often useful for specific aspects of a particular family's history. For example, the National Library of Ireland allows users to search for and view images of microfilmed records of individual Catholic parishes at registers.nli.ie. The Italian Genealogical Group provides numerous searchable databases that are not restricted to information about those of Italian ancestry, based on records of births, deaths, marriages and naturalizations in New York City and nearby locations.

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