Genealogy--Free or Fee?

"Genealogy, Free or Fee" presentation at Connecticut Ancestry Society
Money doesn't happen to grow on my family tree. Birth, marriage, death, obituary, and military records are the backbone of our genealogical research, but paying for every single record can add up to a pretty penny over time.

When I can locate free vital records and obits, I try that first--and then I decide, case by case, when it makes sense to pay for a document or a search.

Some of the best sites for free genealogy are Family Search, Linkpendium, The Ancestor Hunt, Heritage Quest*, Cyndi's List, plus Find A Grave.

I also search state and local historical/genealogical societies. And of course, I search and post on Facebook genealogy pages. (See Katherine Willson's comprehensive list of such pages here.)

My posts about "Genealogy--Free or Fee?" are:
For more about my presentations, see here.

* Remember: Heritage Quest is powered by Ancestry, so its scans, indexes, and transcriptions are like those of Ancestry. If your ancestor's records aren't transcribed properly, and they're elusive on HQ, try searching on FamilySearch or MyHeritage or another genealogy website!

To learn more about my genealogy book, Planning a Future for Your Family's Past, please see the Amazon listing here.


  1. Marion,

    I enjoyed this talk you presented on October 14, 2017 at the Westchester County Genealogical Society. You're presentation was informative and engaging. I look forward to future presentations by you to WCGS. Also looking forward to reading your book, "Planning a future for your family's past."


  2. Thanks so much for coming to my talk and commenting on my blog! Enjoy reading my book and see you next time in Westchester.