Free Genealogy on Facebook


Facebook is a great free resource for genealogy and family history and new groups and pages are created daily so I’ve updated the blog with the most current lists of Facebook Groups and Pages.

Facebook for Genealogy

Here are three genealogists who’ve created Facebook group lists:

And please follow OnGenealogy on Facebook by hitting “Like” for the OnGenealogy Facebook page and share any of your leads in the comments!


March 29, 2017 |

Stack Exchange for Genealogy


Stack Exchange is a Q&A network for computer programmers that has expanded into Q&A for other topics, including genealogy and family history.

Stack Exchange for Genealogy and Family History


Anyone can read questions and answers on Stack Exchange, but in order to post questions or answers you’ll need to be a registered user.

You don’t have to be that heavily invested to benefit from Stack Exchange. I often go to Stack Exchange when I’m digitizing photos to remember the recommended file type and size. It’s a great site for a quick refresher on various genealogy topics and is worth checking out.

If you become a registered user and want to post questions and answers you should understand more about the community. Registered users gain or lose Reputation or trust withing the community based on how other Stack Exchange users rate their questions and answers. A higher reputation earns you Privileges. Stack Exchange has an information page about gaining and losing Reputation and the Benefits of participating. Basically, voting/ranking helps direct other users to more trusted responses and benefits the community.

Stack Exchange is still primarily used by programmers, with over 40 million participating each month, but whatever your profession or hobby, it’s worth checking to see if it’s on Stack Exchange. (Genealogy falls under the Life/Arts heading.)

Stack Exchange topics

October 17, 2016 |

Family History in 15 minutes a day


Family History in 15 minutes a day

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy . . . for the kids, lol.

School’s out and for us it’s all about keeping the kids busy, happy, and creating great memories. This doesn’t leave a lot of time for “genealogy.” It’s not going to be the summer of starting projects that turn into all day genealogy binges; I’ve counted the Saturdays till my oldest is gone, and it’s too few; this summer I have a new challenge: a 15 minute limit.

What can actually be accomplished in 15 minutes? Here are a few of my 15 minutes a day accomplishments:

  • Read the MyHeritage blog about their recently released Sun Charts-needless to say I want one.
  • Made a Sun Chart for my side of the family. (MyHeritage generates these automatically, but I gazed adoringly for at least 10 minutes.)
  • Inspired by Sun Charts, I called a sister-in-law and got the birth information for all her children and added them into my MyHeritage tree.
  • Called a second sister-in-law and got the missing birth information for all her children and added them into my MyHeritage tree.
  • Called my only living aunt and got birth, marriage, and death information for my uncle, cousins & spouses and added them into my tree.
  • Over several days I became a cyber-stalker and downloaded immediate and distant family’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, you-name-it-social-media-account photos to my tree. (Did you know people can download your photos from Facebook, etc. I’m mildly freaked out every time I do this.)
  • Participated in #genchat (Friday night Twitter chat group) and learned more about DNA genealogy and found some new friends and new Twitter accounts to follow. (Disclaimer, this felt like 15 minutes but actually took an hour. If you don’t have that kind of time you can search #genchat on Twitter and spend 15 minutes reading past chats w/o participating.)
  • Participated in the FamilySearch July 15-17 WorldWide Indexing challenge and I kid you not, found a batch that took ~15 minutes.
  • Talked to my uncle on the phone & got more health info to add to my TapGenes family tree.
  • Learned about a free webinar I missed, arghhh, and searched for more free webinars to try to catch.
  • Gathered all the miscellaneous spiral notebooks in the house and searched them for random genealogy notes-will sort and organize later, but literally, this was a feat.
  • Made plans for a family reunion in a few weeks.

So, I haven’t broken down any brick walls, but I’m having fun reaching out to living family and keeping our family tree up-to-date and accurate. It’s nice to have a daily goal that’s attainable and keeps family at the forefront of my thoughts each day.

I know it doesn’t look like much but check your tree, does it include all the new babies and cousins? 15 minutes a day might just get you where you want to be without pulling you away from family. Good luck!


July 22, 2016 |

Top Free Genealogy Message Boards


Genealogy Message Boards and Forums are a fun way to connect with other researchers or jump-start your family history research when you’ve hit a bump in the road. It’s encouraging to chat with others who are working on similar lines. And with the advantages of Social Media you have more options than ever!

Top Free Genealogy Message Boards include:

      RootsWeb and the Message Boards at Ancestry

  • RootsWeb and the Message boards at are the same thing. This is a free family history message board. RootsWeb was purchased by and Ancestry has kept it as a free offering and they have merged the message boards. You can search by Locale, Surname, Topic, or Keyword. They boast 25 million posts over 198,000 boards so there’s a lot of content.


  • GenForum is a free genealogy message board. It was started by which was acquired by and is kept as a separate message board/forum from RootsWeb. It boasts “14,000 online forums devoted to genealogy, including surnames, U.S. states, countries, and general topics.” You can search by Locale, Surname, Topic, or Keyword.


  • RootsChat is a free UK based genealogy message board. “The country’s busiest, largest free family history site. 223,682 members are ready to help you with your questions.” There’s no fee or subscription but you do need register in order to post or private message on the site. An easy way to search this site is to scroll down to the country you’re interested in (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, etc) then select the locale within that country, then scroll through the boards, posts, and especially look at the highlighted links listed for that locality.

    5,700+ Facebook Genealogy links

  • Katherine Willson serves on the Membership Committee for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, teaches Genealogy classes, does private genealogy research, and has compiled this list of over 5,700 Facebook genealogy links. Joining a Facebook community for the locale or subject you’re researching is a great way to connect with other researchers. Each group will have its own rules for posting so read the “description” of the group in the right-hand column (beneath the members names). If you haven’t already joined the Facebook community, genealogy research is a great reason to take the plunge!


  • CousinConnect is a free genealogy message board developed by genealogists for genealogists. Their site allows you to post queries and sign up for notifications when new queries match your surname and region (a free service). CousinConnect boasts over 300,000 queries which can be searched by Surname or Region and they claim their forum is a more effective way to connect with distant relatives because they deliver more relevant results to queries.

    Message boards at 

  • has free message boards. If you want to reply or post you’ll need to create a membership. They have free membership offerings and if you decide you want extra services they provide you can choose a subscription membership. Searches can be made by Locale, Surname, Topic, Keyword, or you can select one of the Message Boards for Beginners.


  • UlsterAncestry is a site that charges for genealogical records in Northern Ireland but they have message boards you can look through at no charge. They’re not accepting members at this time so there’s no posting available if you’re not already a member.


  • is a free and fee genealogy forum site for the UK and Ireland. It’s free to read postings and to post entries and to contact paid members. Only paid members can contact free members. You can search by Village, Town or County, Surname, and Surname within a distance of any locale.



October 18, 2015 |

How to get your FREE MyHeritage Account

This is a free MyHeritage account offer for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“MyHeritage is the most popular family network on the web. Millions of families around the world enjoy having a private and secure place to explore their family history, share photos and special family moments and keep in touch. With 40 languages, 75 million users, 1.5 billion profiles and 27 million family trees, MyHeritage is uniting families worldwide. . . .Our recent acquisitions of World Vital Records and for example, have enabled us to offer billions of historical records and exciting tools for collaboration to a wider and more international audience than ever before.”

Follow these instruction to create your free MyHeritage account:

  • Log in to

(If you don’t already have an account with, you’ll need to create one using your LDS membership number. If you don’t know your membership member you can ask for it from a church clerk or member of the bishopric.)

  • Select “Get Help” in the upper right corner
  • Select “Help Center” in the left column of the pop-up
  • Select “Partners” in the icon of shaking hands
  • Select “Our Partners”
  • Select “MyHeritage”
  • Select “Create Your Free MyHeritage Account” will verify you have an LDS membership number and you’ll see a new page that says “You Qualify for a FREE Account on MyHeritage” and you’ll be given the option to create a free MyHeritage account.

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If you have never had a MyHeritage account

  • Select “Create Your Free MyHeritage Account”

If you have a paid account or a free trial

  • Select “Sign in to connect your account”

This will connect your current/past account to your new free membership. You won’t be reimbursed for what you’ve already paid but you won’t be billed for future payments.

You can now create a new login and password for your MyHeritage account that will be separate from your login and password for your FamilySearch account.

If you are not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you can create a free account and enjoy their free tree service, free records searches, attachable record hints and research suggestions, but you will not be given the free partner accounts such as,,, etc.

April 17, 2015 |
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