Whether you’re just starting to research your family history or you have been working on your family tree for a while and hit a brick wall, there’s always somone willing to help.
During my research, I’ve been fortunate enough to receive support from a large number of people. Genealogists have shared resources with me, helped me interpret obscure latin calligraphy and look for records in sites I couldn’t access, among others. I’m grateful for these people’s assistance, and happy to help myself whenever I can.
So, here’s my list of favorite places to ask for help (and provide it when the time comes!). We’ve divided them into Forums, Facebook Groups and Genealogical Societies.
WikiTree G2G Forum
Wikitree‘s mission is to grow an accurate single family tree that connects us all and is freely available to us all. This grand project requires mutual trust and a common understanding of how the community works.
They have a forum that is simply one of the friendliest places on earth. It’s called Genealogist-to-Genealogist Community Forum or G2G. You can ask a specific question about a person or a general question about genealogy research.
The forum’s categories are:
- The Tree House (a fun category without strict rules)
- Appreciation (thank another genealogist for their contribution)
- Genealogy Help (the main category to ask or offer help)
- Photos (to share family or “lost and found” photos)
- Policy and Style (questions about the finer points of WikiTreeing)
- Requests for Project Volunteers (where leaders and members of WikiTree Projects ask for help on project-related tasks and goals)
- WikiTree Help (questions about how WikiTree works)
- WikiTree Tech (for bug reports, suggestions for improving the website, and technical questions)
RootsChat is one of the busiest, largest free family history forum sites. It has almost 267,500 members who are are ready to help you with your genealogy questions.
RootsChat is 100% free and has a large number of topics where you can ask for help.
British Genealogy Forum
British Genealogy forum is a sister-site of Forces War Records. It’s completely free to use, and the help you’ll get from their members and moderators will help you blast through those brick walls for you in no time.
The Brit-Gen forum has almost 68,000+ members and regularly sees 250,000 visitors a month. As well as having topics on Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Boer War, WWI, WWII they also discuss general genealogy, Births Deaths and Marriages, Court Records and so much more.
GenForum by Genealogy.com
GenForum is a research resource with over 14,000 online forums devoted to genealogy, including surnames, countries and general topics. The site more U.S-oriented, but has topic of interest for anyone.
You can explore the forum by searching for posts, or browse the topics listed below.
Facebook groups are a great way of finding free genealogical help online. Generally friendly places, these groups offer advice on researching your family tree, finding docments and more.
Here are some of the biggest and best genealogy groups on Facebook:
We maintain an updated list of all genealogical and family history societies in England. You can see it here: