Useful websites

Ancestor Detective uses a range of websites to research ancestors. These sites assist in finding vital records, census records, newspaper articles, find graves, and other valuable information to build your family tree and write your family history. This list of websites is a work in progress. Feel free to contact Ancestor Detective if you are looking for a particular website or record and we can assist you in locating what you need. You can review websites we have used below:

Genealogy Websites

Family Search – Free website to view family trees worldwide and a wealth of records to build your family tree. Some records can only be viewed by LDS members or by visiting offices in person. – Subscription based website to build family trees, view records and review family trees by other subscribers. Records can be searched for free but to view the records a paid membership is required. Your trees can be downloaded and uploaded to a range of other websites.

Find My Past – Subscription based website with same functions and resources as

My Heritage – Subscription based website with same functions and resources as

Cyndi’s List – is a comprehensive genealogy research site contain forms and charts, resources, links to numerous websites and other information to assist in your genealogy journey

Vital Records – Births, Deaths and Marriages

Access to birth, death and marriage records varies. Birth records are available 100 years following birth, death records are available 50 years after death, and marriage records 70 years after marriage.

The Victorian Office of Births, Deaths and Marriages

N.S.W Transcriptions Births, Deaths and Marriages

Genealogy South Australia

General Register for England and Wales


Finding where an ancestor is buried

Find a Grave – A free database to find graves worldwide. This site allows you to add your graves as you locate them or you can search for the burial place of the person you are researching. You can request for graves to be photographed by a volunteer living or visiting a particular cemetery or grave yard.

BillionGraves – While you can search for graves for free, a paid subscription is required to view the information on the deceased

Scottish Monumental Inscriptions – contains a database of inscriptions and photographs of burial grounds across Scotland


Trove is a growing depository of full text digital resources from across Australia dating back to the 1800’s.