Update: What Works at RootsWeb

  RootsWeb, the free genealogy site purchased and currently operated by Ancestry.com, crashed in 2017 and Ancestry has been trying to get the site up and running ever since.   The good news is there are portions of RootsWeb that are back online.      The bad news is many individuals and communities used RootsWeb to host their sites and I'm not aware of any "freepages" that are back online. If you know of any freepages sites that have come online, please add a link in the comments.    So What Works at RootsWeb?   Available as Read-Only at RootsWeb   Family Trees - Family Trees, aka WorldConnect, is a great site that allows people to upload GEDCOM files (family tree databases) and publish them for others to see. This is currently working. There are more than 800 million names in free family trees users have submitted to RootsWeb. I haven't been able to download any GEDCOM files for family trees that interest me, but I hav…
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Family History Month Day 29 – StackExchange for Genealogy

  On Day 29 of Family History Month, use the Genealogy and Family History StackExchange for your genealogy questions.     StackExchange is a Q&A network for computer programmers that has expanded into Q&A for other topics, including genealogy and family history.   Anyone can read questions and answers on StackExchange, 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 StackExchange. I often go to StackExchange 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 within the community based on how other StackExchange users rate their questions and answers. A higher repu…
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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 Ancestry.com are the same thing. This is a free family history message board. RootsWeb was purchased by Ancestry.com 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 GenForum is a free genealogy message board. It was started by Genealogy.com which was acquired by Ancestry.com and is kept as a separate message board/forum from RootsWeb. It boasts “14,000 on…
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