Best Genealogy News Websites

By David A. Fryxell Premium

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Wondering what’s going on in the world of family history research? Stay up-to-date with the latest genealogical news with these resources.

The anonymous Insider has been a muckety-muck at both FamilySearch and, and now delivers the scoop on both (despite the site’s Ancestry-only name). For the latest on these two genealogy giants, this is the place to point your browser.
Besides the blog by Myrtle – who’s been sharing genealogy insights since 1995 – links take you to lessons, webinars, checklists for getting organized, Myrtle’s Youtube channel and more.
Dick Eastman has been covering genealogy technology almost since there first was such a thing. His blog (also in email form) covers tech topics such as “Using for Free in the Library” and “Why You Need a Second (and Better Email Address,” as well as non-plugged-in subjects like “The Mysterious Genealogy of Russian President Putin.” Get extra articles and no ads in his “Plus” version for $19.95 a year.
Podcast queen Lisa Louise Cooke walks you through topics such as “Hot to Identify Old Photos’ Locaitons” and “Using Marriage Records in Family History.” Her site serves up more than 160 free shows plus videos, and members can access even more for $29.95 a year.
Still free and host to a bevy of genealogy databases long after its acquisition by for-profit giant, this site now makes the list for its wealth of how-to primers and expertise. In addition to in-depth getting-started guidance, you’ll find more than 32,000 genealogy mailing lists on topics from the surname Aaland to research in Zimbabwe.

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From the September 2014 issue of Family Tree Magazine