Absolutely Free Ancestry Search – Indexes and an Absolutely Free Ancestry Search

An absolutely free ancestry search can be conducted online without joining any of the many subscription websites offering one – if you know where to look. In this article we’ll show you a few locations where there are indexes that you can use to find ancestors for free. There are free accessible databases of Migration Records, Pension Records, Military Records, Vital Records and more on the Internet, all of which can help you to undertake an absolutely free ancestry search.

Absolutely Free Ancestry Search of Military Records

The US National Archives is an excellent place to conduct an absolutely free ancestry search of military records. If you visit their homepage, you’ll see that military records are amongst their most requested, and are displayed as such. If you select "Military Service Records", you’ll be taken to a page that will inform you of everything you could possibly need to know about military records, but for now we’re concerned with free access to them. It is difficult to access the free databases from the homepage of the National Archives, so go directly to the link above.

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These are the World War II enlistment records, and you simply type in a surname to begin your absolutely free ancestry search. The free ancestry records in this database span the period 1938-1946, and there are over 9 million of them containing names and personal data of women and men who enlisted in the American Army the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. The personal data of value to genealogists returned in this absolutely free ancestry search includes;

  • Serial Number
  • State and County of Residence
  • Place of Enlistment
  • Date of Enlistment
  • Length of Enlistment
  • Geographical Location of Service
  • Year of Birth
  • Race
  • Marital Status
  • Civilian Occupation Before Enlistment

As you can see, Military Indexes can be a vital source of genealogical material and can help you to find lots of information on your ancestor. If you wish to search other Military records online at the National Archives, visit AAD (Access to Archival Databases) page.

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Absolutely Free Ancestry Search of Cemetery Records

You can conduct another absolutely free ancestry search of Cemetery Records at Interment. This website has links to free online ancestry records of burials from around the world. Completely global, the databases include transcribed cemetery records from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Brazil, Italy, Poland and many more countries. You also have the option to browse cemeteries from around the world, so if you know where your ancestor may have been buried, you can go directly to that country’s link.

I did an absolutely free ancestry search of my surname, simply typing it into the search box, and the search engine returned a list of every cemetery around the world where their records showed people of that name buried. The site is still young, and is constantly being added to, but it’s possible to find ancestors there, and it is definitely an absolutely free ancestry database.

To find an absolutely free ancestry search online, you have to do a bit of digging. But if you’re like me, and have more time than money to spend, it is well worth searching around for indexes of free databases like the one’s I’ve mentioned. When looking for an absolutely free ancestry search online, try not to use the word "free" in your search terms. Google will return you millions of results, many to sites offering other free items. Try using the + sign as in: absolutely + free + ancestry + search, and you’ll be returned only websites offering an absolutely free ancestry search, while weeding out those that don’t.

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