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Just starting out on your journey of discovery?  Take a look at some of the websites we list below (click on any of the links and it will take you directly to that page) - although some require a subscription to view the records, many are free and a great place to start your research.
Do you use a web site we haven't listed here?  If so we'd love to hear about it.  Drop us a message via our CONTACT link.  Goditi il viaggio!
general genealogy sites
  • Ancestry.com (or .co.uk)

    Ancestry - one of the main subscription sites, but does have free to view material.  Check to see if Ancestry is free to use in you local library.

  • My Heritage.com

    Another of the big genealogy subscription sites, but does have some free to view material.

  • Familysearch.com 

    Dedicated to preserving important family records and making them freely accessible online.

  • Geneanet.com

    "The largest community of genealogists involved in mutual aid and sharing in Europe. A website with almost 7 billion data points provided by members, partners, and through collaborative projects.

  • Findmypast.co.uk 

    Similar to Ancestry, and one of the most popular subscription sites in the UK.  Includes the British Newspaper Archive - not available on Ancestry.

dna sites & services
  • Ancestry DNA 

    "A cutting edge DNA testing service.  This service combines advanced DNA science with the world’s largest online family history resource to predict your genetic ethnicity and help you find new family connections."

  • My Heritage DNA 

    MyHeritage DNA provide high-level estimates of ancestral ethnicity, each based on their own algorithms and definitions.  Ethnicity is based on 42 ethnic groups.

  • Familytree DNA 

    With a database of more than two million records, it is the most popular company worldwide for Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA.

  • 23 And Me

    Similar to Ancestry DNA, however 23andMe offers information about your health as well as your ancestry.

  • Living DNA 

    "We give you your DNA mix across 80 world regions, including 21 in Britain and Ireland. You can also explore peer reviewed details of the areas of the world your ancestors are from.

Online historic newspapers
  • Newspapers.com

    Part of the Ancestry Group.  Searchable indexes; database results and some digitized images available with fee-based subscription.

  • Newspaper Archive.com 

    The world's largest online newspaper archive. Featuring billions of articles from historical newspapers around the U.S. and the world. Searchable database, images available with a fee-based subscription

  • Chronicling America

    Search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.

  • Fold3 (By Ancestry)

    An online repository for original historical documents and newspapers.  Some areas of Fold3 are free to use, while others can be freely searched and then viewed with a paid subscription.

  • British Newspaper Archive

    Includes thousands of  publications across the England, Wales, and Scotland. Each page has been completely digitized and fully indexed,  Findmypast has searchable indexes; database results and some digitized images are available with a fee-based subscription.

  • Genealogy Bank

    108.6+ million articles, obituaries, marriage notices, birth announcements and other items published in more than 500,000 issues of over 2,400 historical U.S. newspapers. New content added monthly.

  • Fultonhistory.com

    With over 54,000,000 newspaper pages covering both the USA and Canada, this is a great free resource.  Not the simplest to navigate, but well worth the effort!

burials & monumental inscriptions
  • Find A Grave.com

    Searchable by surname, state, county, etc.  Often with addition obituary info, photos, etc. Completely free for everyone to use.

  • Billiongraves.com 

    "Search for your ancestors' graves using our easy search. You can access their headstone records, photos of headstones, and accurate locations of all the graves"

  • Deceased Online.com

    The first central database of statutory burial and cremation registers for the UK -- a unique resource for family history researchers and professional genealogists.

  • Interment.net

    With over 25 million cemetery records, transcripts, and burial registers, from tens of thousands of cemeteries across the world.

These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Our Calabritto Roots of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual.  Our Calabritto Roots bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Please contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.