What websites can you use to complete a free ancestry search?


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Ancestry.com, Family Search, Roots Web and Archives.com are genealogy sites that allow a free ancestry search. The sites provide information taken from vital public records, newspapers and other documents. Researches and volunteers across the United States also supply data to these genealogical sites.

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What websites can you use to complete a free ancestry search?
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Roots Web and Family Search are free-to-use genealogical websites managed by volunteers and researchers across the globe. Roots Web is one of the oldest and most useful ancestry search sites on the Web, allowing researches and historians to collaborate on projects related to genealogy. Family Search is another cost-free ancestry search site that, like Roots Web, does not require making an account to access the horde of records offered on the site. Creating a free account, however, allows the user to save and share family records. Both Roots Web and Family Search give access to robust indexes of digitized ancestry records and databases.

Ancestry.com and Archives.com both provide subscription-based services, but the sites' free trial offers allow a thorough search of a person's lineage. Ancestry.com's full-fledged 14-day free trial provides ample time to research one's background information and access to vast genealogy records. Archives.com, on the other hand, only offers a week of free-trial service, but it provides access to about 3.8 million census records from the National Archives and Records Administration. Similar to Ancestry.com, the site also helps the user build a family tree from scratch.

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