Tuesday, December 9, 2014

TUESDAY’S TIP–Genealogy Trails History Group–Dedicated To FREE Genealogy

genealogy trails logo-2
It’s a funny thing about his hobby we have.  There is no end to it and there is always something new to discover.  Take this website that I discovered yesterday.

It’s called Genealogy Trails History Group.   Here is the statement from their home page:

“Our goal is to help you track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical data for the free use of all researchers.
We started out way back in March 2000 by providing data for the state of Illinois and expanded to cover the other states in March of 2006. Since then, we've been very pleased to welcome the many new hosts who have joined our original Illinois volunteers, and to continue to bring free transcribed data to our websites.”

Many of you may know about this website, but it was new to me.  Or, maybe I’d heard about it years ago and just forgot.  

This is a website that is dedicated to FREE genealogy.  Free is good, right?  We like free. The website is run by volunteers and the information is contributed by people like you and me and added to the site. 

There is a link for all 50 states.  The information available varies greatly from state to state.

As you select the state you are taken to that page.  Within that state’s page are links to various counties, a history of the state and other important information.  What you find under the counties are links to things like:
  • Biographies
  • Birth Records
  • Cemeteries
  • Church Histories
  • Death Records
  • Family Bibles
  • Marriage Records
  • Obituaries and death notices
  • Surname lists
Here are a couple of screenshots from the Michigan page.

Michigan screenshot for gene trails site
Michigan county listscreenshot for gene trails site

Here is the home page for the Ohio page.

Ohio screenshot from gene trails

You get the idea.

I have already contacted the volunteer in Michigan to ask her how I can submit records from my family.

The more of us that contribute to this site the better.
Please let me know if you find any gems on this site.  Now….where was I?  Oh yeah, clicking on the state links, one by one.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2014   Diane Gould Hall


  1. I am the Columbia and Mountour County Pennsylvania host. Thank you for sharing our site!!

    1. You're very welcome Shannon. The more people that know, the more we can share.

  2. Diane,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2014/12/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-december-12.html

    Have a great weekend!


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