There are free sites that let you track your ancestry. None will do it for you. The only way you will find your ancestry on the Internet without any work on your part is if your great aunt has spent years doing research and uploaded her data. =============================== This is a text file I paste to questions like yours. People ask similar questions 3 - 14 times a day here. By pasting, you get a long, detailed answer, but I don t get finger cramps. It is long because there are over 400,000 free genealogy sites. It is also long because researching your family tree is as hard as writing a term paper in a History class. You don t have to be a rocket scientist, but you won t do it with five clicks. I could tell you everything I know in 30 minutes, but not 3. The fact you have to do research stops nine out of ten teens and many adults. If you didn t mention a country, we can t tell if you are in the USA, UK, Canada or Australia. I m in the USA and my links are for it. If you are not, please edit your question to add a country. Or, better yet, delete it and ask again, this time putting inthe country. Genealogists from the UK answer posts here too. They are more experienced and more intelligent than I am. I m better looking and my jokes are better. The really good stuff is in your parents and grandparents memories. No web site is going to tell you how your great grandparents decorated the Christmas tree with ornaments cut from tin foil during the depression, how Great Uncle Elmer wooed his wife with a banjo, or how Uncle John paid his way through college in the 1960 s by smuggling herbs. Talk to your living relatives before it is too late. You won t find living people on genealogy sites. Don t look for yourself or your parents. Crooks can use your birth date and your mother s maiden name to steal your identity. If your parents were married in June and your oldest brother was born 4 months later, it isn t anyone s business, which is another reason living people s dates are not on public sites. So much for the warnings. Here are some links. These are large and free. Many of them have subtle ads for Ancestry.com in them - ads that ask for a name, then offer a trial subscription. Watch out for those advertisements. If you try the links and don t find anyone, go to http://www.tedpack.org/yagenlinks.html It repeats each link, but it has a whole paragraph of tips and instructions for each one. http://www.cyndislist.com Cyndi s List has over 250,000 sites. http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp The Mormon s mega-site. http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi RootsWeb World Connect. The links at the top are advertisements. They mislead beginners. Ignore them and scroll down. http://www.rootsweb.com/ RootsWeb Home. This is the biggest free (genealogy) site in the world. http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry has some free data and some you have to pay for. http://www.usgenweb.net US Gen Web. Click on a state. Find a link that says "County". http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/default.aspx? Surname meanings and origins, one of Ancestry s free pages. http://ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi" Social Security Death Index. Click on "Advanced". Women are under their married names. They are under their maiden names in most other sites. http://find.person.superpages.com/ USA Phone book, for looking up distant cousins. http://vitals.rootsweb.com/ca/death/search.cgi California Death Index, 1940 - 1997. http://www.genforum.com GenForum has surname, state and county boards. http://boards.ancestry.com/ Ancestry has surname, state and county boards too. They are free. Read http://www.tedpack.org/goodpost.html before you post on either one. Read the paragraphs about query boards on http://www.tedpack.org/yagenlinks.html before you search them. http://searches.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/listsearch.pl Roots Web Mailing List Archives. Read http://www.tedpack.org/maillist.html if genealogy mailing lists are new to you. Off the Internet, some public libraries have census image subscriptions. Many Family History Centers do too. FHC s are small rooms in Mormon churches. They welcome anyone interested in genealogy, not just fellow Mormons. They have resources on CD s and volunteers who are friendly. They don t try to convert you; in fact, they don t mention their religion unless you ask a question about it.