Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Your Top 5 or 10 Fee-Based Genealogy Sites

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week’s mission was:

1)  Ken McKinlay posted My Top 10 Fee-based Genealogy Sites this past week, so I’ve made it the challenge this week (thanks to Linda Stufflebean for the suggestion!).

2)  List your Top 5 or 10 top fee-based genealogy sites, and a short reason for listing them.

3)  Share you list on your own blog, in a comment on this post, or on Facebook.  Please leave a link to your list wherever it is.


Ancestry has always been my favourite, as it has the most record collections that I need, particularly for my English ancestors from Somerset, Wiltshire, Birmingham, and West Yorkshire.  It also has the most comprehensive collection of Electoral rolls from Australia.  Most of my research in Australia can be done on free sites, but I find it useful to use Ancestry as well, particularly if they moved interstate or overseas. 

2 Births Deaths Marriages Victoria

Since my ancestors, and my ex-husband’s, settled in Victoria, this is the site I use to get their births, deaths, and marriages certificates. Although the index is free, I try to get the certificates for our direct line ancestors, and as many of the others that I need/can afford.


I don’t currently have a subscription, but I had a monthly subscription a few months ago, and I had a subscription a few years ago with Ancestry that included and Fold3.  This site has newspapers for United States, Canada, and some from other countries, as well as the two main ones from Australia, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.  I have found many articles for my family on this site.

4 Genealogy Bank

I currently have a subscription to Genealogy Bank.  This site appears to only have newspapers from the United States, so I only use the site when I’m researching the branches of my family who went to the United States. I find it especially useful to find obituaries.

5 ScotlandsPeople

I have several branches of my family who came from Scotland on both my side, and my ex-husband’s side, so this site is a must for me.  Since this site is pay as you go, I do a little bit of research at a time, as I can afford to.  When I can’t afford a subscription, I’ll use the births/baptisms and marriages on FamilySearch, and the census records on Ancestry. These are only transcriptions, so I use these until I can afford to get the original images from ScotlandsPeople.

6 GenealogySA

I was using the free version, until they released the church record collection.  This was the first time I had been able to find a record for my great grandfather Joseph Whimpey’s birth, so I finally became a member earlier this year.  This site is a must for researching in South Australia, as the indexes have a lot more detail than on the free version, and it is a lot cheaper to order transcriptions of the certificates than getting the certificates from the registry office. 

7 FindMyPast

I don’t use this site very often, as I find most of what I need from Ancestry or free sites.  I usually just subscribe on a pay as you go basis, or a month at a time, or when there’s a free weekend. I generally use it for the newspapers, a couple of Australian collections that are unique to FindMyPast (1939 and 1946 Victorian Electoral roll, Victorian Petty Sessions, Kew Asylum records), and the Devon and Hertfordshire Parish Registers, as well as some from Breconshire and Monmouthshire in Wales.

8 MyHeritage

I was offered 75% off last December, so I took a subscription.  I regularly check the hints in Legacy Family Tree, but I haven’t found many records that I haven’t been able to find elsewhere.  I use it for the 1939 England and Wales Register, as the citations on Ancestry aren’t complete, although MyHeritage doesn’t have the images, so I have to use Ancestry to get the images.  I found it useful lately for my research in Denmark, as I found some additional records on MyHeritage that I hadn’t been able to find on FamilySearch. . 

9 NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Although the index on the site is free, it is sometimes necessary to order the certificates. Since many of the descendants of my ancestors moved to New South Wales from Victoria, this is the site I use the most after Victoria.  I often use one of the NSW Transcription Agents, as they are cheaper than ordering the certificate from the register office.

10 Births Deaths and Marriages Queensland

Of the sites that offer certificates for a fee, probably the next one I have used the most would be for Queensland. 

The other sites I use to order certificates are the General Register Office UK, Births Deaths and Marriages Western Australia, and Births Deaths and Marriages New Zealand.   

I have used Fold3 in the past, but I don’t use it very often. I had a subscription to the FamilyTreeWebinars last year, but I couldn’t afford to renew this year.

I haven’t done my DNA yet, so I don’t use any of those sites.  I haven’t use or either.  I have used the National Archives UK but not very often. I don’t have many family who ended up in Quebec or New York, so I haven’t used those sites yet either.

2 thoughts on “Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Your Top 5 or 10 Fee-Based Genealogy Sites

  1. Looks like Australia has many possibilities on offer. I don’t have anyone who lived there, but I’d be using those resources if I did.


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