While scouring the Internet to find free books to help you with your ancestry research I came across 6 sites that you need to visit. This post will show you where you can find free genealogy books that you can download to your computer, tablet or phone. They are definitely worth checking out.
Get a free genealogy book in your hand!
Before I do discuss the websites that I have uncovered I just want to offer you a way that you can get a free book, (in a way), that is in your hand.
What I am talking about is for you to visit your local library and go to the genealogy section there. You should find many books on the subject covering a wide range of areas, i.e. organizing and citing your research, DNA testing, how-to guides, where to find records, and so on.
These books are free in a sense that you can borrow them for either 2 or 3 weeks, (depending on the library of course). You will need to bring the books back when they are due but if your library allows then you can renew them so that you can extend the length of time that you have the book in your home.
I have done this myself and it has saved me heaps on buying the books themselves. It does mean though that I do not get to keep the book, but for a while you will have the book for free.
It’s worth considering anyway!
6 sites containing free genealogy books:
Cyndi’s List – Online eBooks
Since 1996 Cyndi Ingle has been helping countless people trace their family history. Her site, as the name suggests, is a list of lists concerning every possible thing about genealogy.
Within these lists are links connecting you to genealogical sites and resources that will show you where you need to find whatever that you are looking for. Trust me there is absolutely everything that you could need from this site.
The list of books that you will find on Cyndi’s List shows you where you can find eBooks that can be downloaded. However, not all the books that you will find through these links will be free but there are certainly ones here that are worth checking out.
From this list are links to free books that you can download from two of the most popular genealogy sites, Amazon and FamilySearch. Included in this list are free books that will help you with your Irish ancestry and links to Internet Archive which contain nearly 2 million items.
FamilySearch – Family History Books
Not to sound bias but out of all the free genealogy resources that there are online FamilySearch is definitely my favorite site to go to. I have found plenty of information about my ancestors through this resource.
If you haven’t visited FamilySearch before then you need to. It is the world’s largest free genealogy search website with over 4 billion names and millions of records in their databases.
So before you go checking out the paid sites please check this one out first. You might find what you are looking for here.
Anyway, the book collection has over 350,000 free publications, all of which are absolutely free. Surely with such a vast collection there must be something here to help you with your genealogy research.
Through the help of organizations, libraries and volunteers the collection comprises rare historic books from all over the world. This collection is surely priceless.
Within the collection are:
- County and local histories
- Family histories
- Genealogy magazines
- How-to books
- Medieval histories and pedigrees
Not only can you check out the collection online by clicking on the link above but also you can check the books in person by visiting any of the library centers spread across the United States.
Family Tree Magazine – eBooks, Templates & Chart Downloads
The Family Tree Magazine has been in publication since January 2000, with 6 issues printed each year. Within the pages of this magazine are how-to articles, history and genealogy news and also resource guides for specific ethnicity.
Now besides a bi-monthly magazine the company behind this publication now offer a wide range of resources to help you to track down your ancestors.
Family Tree provides:
- Books (printed and download)
- Digital and Video Downloads
- Family Tree University
- Family Tree Webinars
- PDF files
Sorry but I have digressed from telling you about the free book collection that you can find at Family Tree.
There are plenty of free books here that will help you trace your ancestors, help you preserve your photos, discover your military ancestors, get help with choosing the right DNA test for you, and more besides.
Forgotten Books – Family Histories, Indexes, etc
The books that you will find on this website are out of copyright and so they are all completely free. Besides genealogy books there is a wide range of other categories that you will find on this site, (for example poetry, history, recreation, etc).
From what I have seen within this collection there is a wide range of genealogy collections here to keep you busy.
Topics you will find within the collection include:
- Catalogs held within libraries
- History of American settlement
- Personal family histories
- State genealogical records guide
- And much, much more.
Now these free books are quite specific, they are not how-to guides or books to give you any genealogy tips or tricks.
But what they will show you is where you can find further information about your ancestors. And what I like about this collection is that there are personal family histories as well.
So it is definitely worth checking out to see if someone has published a book featuring your ancestors. Who knows you might be lucky.
You can access the books on your phone, tablet or iPad. You just need to find the book that you are looking for, download the PDF file and read it at your pleasure.
Google eBooks – Genealogy Books For Free!
Chances are that you have used the Google search engine and know that you can find just about anything and everything that you want to with this handy tool. You may also know that you find images, videos, and other things besides.
But did you know that you can find genealogy books for free with Google Books?
Credit: Lisa Louise Cooke
Just check out the above video presented by genealogy expert Lisa Louise Cooke. In the video Lisa will give you step-by-step instructions on how to traverse Google Books to find the free ones.
I’ll let the video do the talking here 🙂
Kindle Unlimited – Helpful Guidebooks
You’ve probably heard of the Kindle before, the tablet device that was brought out by Amazon just over a decade ago. Woh, has it been that long since I have had my Kindle?
Anyway, you don’t need to have a Kindle to access genealogy books for free. You just need the free Kindle Reading App. Yep, there’s that word again, free. I love it.
Just head on over to the Kindle Store by clicking on the above link. Then when you are there click on Kindle Unlimited.
You will need to enter your details in order to subscribe and access the genealogy books for free. You just look for any book that you are interested in and check to see if there is a “read for free” button attached to the book.
If there is then you can download the book straight to your computer or device.
Here are some books that you can find at Kindle Unlimited:
- 101 Best Genealogy Websites
- Discover Your Family History Online
- Family Photo Detective
- The Everything Guide To Online Genealogy
- The Family Tree – German Genealogy Guide
- The Family Tree – Problem Solver
- The Genealogist’s U.S. History Pocket Reference
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