Welcome to The Free Family Tree — growing stronger since 2008.
  1. Together we're growing an accurate single family tree using DNA and traditional genealogical sources.
  2. Privacy controls enable us to integrate modern family history.
  3. Extraordinary protections ensure that our shared tree will never be lost.
  4. Everything is 100% free including many benefits for genealogists and family historians who sign our Honor Code.
Our tree includes 29,464,506 profiles (9,344,954 with DNA test connections) edited by 876,377 members from around the world.

New & Notable

Meat Loaf Profile of the Week: Singer and actor Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday), who died last week at the age of 74. Which mononymous notable is most closely connected to you?

Bob Saget Last week: Bob Saget (1956-2022), star of Full House and host of America's Funniest Home Videos. Which comedian is most closely connected to you?


[more examples of profiles]

Photo of the Week

Featured Family Photo: "Together with Nana Doris Lee Stewart." Photo uploaded by Noliwe Hill. [more family history photos]

Connect-a-Thon: Our marathon family connections event is this weekend, January 14-17.

YouTube video The 2022 WikiTree Challenge: One tree ... one guest ... one week ... what can we discover? Watch the fun video. Challenge 1 (January 5-12) was for Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia. Challenge 2 (January 20-27) is for Paul Gilmartin, best known as the host of Dinner and a Movie on TBS.

Susie Officer Member of the Week: Susie Officer helps coordinate the England Project's Orphan Trail.

"The Orphan Trail helped me no end when I was getting started. Being in Australia, I would not have had a clue where or how to find digital records about my family in England — or how to cite them or organise my findings."

Joan Hollander Last week: Joan Hollander, a coordinator for our Netherlands Project. She loves that WikiTreers "are so friendly and willing to help. We all are here with the same goal. To grow and improve our tree." Her advice to new members:

"Check if there is a project for the area you are interested in. They can help you get started and provide you with the correct guidelines."

[more members & member quotes]

YouTube video GenealogyTV did a video tour: "How to Use WikiTree."

For another member's perspective, see the "Welcome to WikiTree" video series.

Here's a member's introduction in verse: "One tree, two tree ...".

"It's been wonderful to experience how collaborative genealogy in WikiTree makes all of us better genealogists. Collaboration on our shared ancestors encourages us to share information and to hold each other to high standards." Ellen Smith
member since 2014

Top 25 family names yesterday:

  1. SMITH (107)
  2. HAUTEKEETE (65)
  3. JOHNSON (55)
  4. LEE (48)
  6. TAYLOR (43)
  7. HOLTHAUS (39)
  8. BROWN (39)
  9. MILLER (39)
  10. WARD (39)
  11. WILSON (37)
  12. JONES (37)
  13. THOMPSON (35)
  14. SCOTT (32)
  15. MOORE (30)
  16. ALLEN (30)
  17. CLARK (29)
  18. RONNEBAUM (28)
  19. OLBERDING (28)
  21. RICE (27)
  22. DETERS (27)
  23. KRAMER (26)
  24. ADAMS (26)
  25. BURKE (26)

Browse all the top surnames with their top contributors.