Sunday, October 20, 2013

Top 4 Best Web Sites for Family Research

Last week I told you about starting your family tree and Ancestry.com. If money is an object and you're not able to purchase an Ancestry.com membership to view documents, don't be discouraged. There are many great free sites that can help you on you hunt for information.


(It's not as creepy as it sounds)

When visiting FindAGrave.com you want to choose the option to search over 106 million records.
That will take you to this page, where you enter in the person you're looking for.
Enter in the name and as much information as you have. Birth and death year, country, state, etc. 


If your search comes up with no results, try taking out some of the specific information. Older gravestones did not have a birth date. Just a death year and age when died. You can use this information to narrow down the possibility of your ancestor.

Once you click on the person you can see more information. Often you can find a photo of a headstone, and even who their parents and other relatives were.
Visit this memorial here

2. Local county genealogy sites

Most  counties have a genealogy site for their county, housing many records pertaining to the people who lived there. How to find them?  
GOOGLE
Just search for the county where your ancestors lived.
For example: "Ontario County genealogy"
Best site I found:
This site gives me information on vital records, wills, and much more!


This site is completely free for anyone. You can search by your ancestor and find so much great information. I have found several marriage records for my ancestors and enjoy searching on this site a lot!


The USGenWeb Project is a group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.
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The most difficult part of a genealogical research is determining where to begin. Is there a certain person you want to start with? You mom's side? You dad's?

One of the first things to decide is how you’re going to keep all of the information in order, and that depends on your personal preference. Some people choose to use a basic notebook or 3-ring binder where you can write down the information. If a blank piece of paper leaves you feeling clueless on where to start, there are spreadsheets and forms available on various websites.
There are also computer programs and websites that organize your information automatically. (Ancestry.com lets you build your family tree without a subscription, FamilySearch.org also has a tree builder)
You have to be careful with this, because if you accidentally put someone in the wrong place with the wrong information it can affect the entire tree.

Whether you write it out on charts or notebook paper or upload information to a computer, there’s really no right or wrong way to do it as long as you can keep it organized. 
 
Just remember to have fun!
If any of you have put this information to use yet, I'd love to hear about it!
 
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