Rootsweb, a cooperative venture for putting genealogical information on the web since the late 1980s, is billed as the largest and oldest free genealogy site. The site contains the RootsWeb Surname List, which consists of a registry of over a million surnames, 25,000 mailing lists, hundreds of millions of names in free genealogy databases, interactive learning guides, numerous tools for tracing your family history, tens of thousands of message boards and more. It exemplifies the cooperative and sharing spirit that makes the web such a magical resource for genealogy researchers. It is now owned by Ancestry.com, but will remain free and maintain its own unique web site address.
The USGenWeb Project is a volunteer cooperative of individuals working together to provide Internet web sites. for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. It acts as a gateway to links to all the state web sites. which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties. Quality and quantity of information for each link varies widely. Access is free.
This is the international version of the US GenWeb Project. It aims to have every country in the world represented by a Web site sponsored by genealogy researchers based in that country or familiar with its resources, which will in turn provide links to guide your research further. Currently, there are 11 regions of the world represented with over 200 countries linked. It is hosted by Rootsweb and is free.