I noticed in my search on the net that there are many resources available. The quality, completeness and price of all of these differ a lot. A little bit of guidance might therefore be needed. The websites provided here, are the ones that I use extensively during my own research.

International Genealogy Search Engines claimes to be the nr 1 genealogy resource. Most of the interesting information is however paying.

Family Search
Family Search is an initiative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormones) and gives access to their enormous databases

Personal initiative of a genealogist / computer freak which resulted in a very useful genealogy resource

Genealogy database network

Digital Resources

Ariadne (password required)
The computer and genealogy department within the VVF (Vlaams Vereniging voor Familiekunde - Flemish Genealogy Organisation) has made an enormous database available online. You need a password to enter (on the website it is explained how passwords can be obtained).

VVF Meetjesland (free log-in)
This branch of the VVF provides some interesting genealogy databases online (for free). The information in these databases refers to genealogy data of the region of "Meetjesland" which is around Eeklo, Oost-Vlaanderen.

Ellis Island (free log-in)
More than 22 million passengers and members of ships' crews entered the United States through Ellis Island and the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924. Information about each person was written down in ships' passenger lists, known as "manifests." Manifests were used to examine immigrants upon arrival in the United States. Now you can search these millions of records for information on individual Ellis Island passengers.

GenLias (free log-in)
Via this website you can access a large part of the Dutch state archives.

National Obituary Archive
US National Obituary Archive on

General Information and Links

Genealogy in Belgium
A website about genealogy in Belgium with lots of practical information and links
A website in support of genealogical research (especially in the Benelux). The website provides, amongst others, a lot of useful links to digital resources.


Great Family
I tested many different programs, some for free, others very expensive, and I noticed that most of them where unable to create a modern looking website of your GEDCOM file. I finally came accross Great Family. Regretfully, the program is now shareware (and not for free anymore) but it has three other advantages, it is relatively easy to use, it provides great family trees (visible overview) and it is able to generate a rather modern looking website. Other programs, such as Legacy might be more complete in terms of the management of your genealogy data, but I prefer Great Family.

Search for people

A website with white pages (address & telephone number) of many countries. Per country you can do an easy search on a name.

AnyBirthday allows to search the day of birth of a person. Most people in their databases are American.

US Search
People search in the US.