Basically i want to find some relatives and where my family originated from. what sites can i use? any advice at all will be appreciated.
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When someone asks where to begin on researching the following, this is the answer I usually give them.
If you are interested in doing your genealogy, the best way to get started is to start with yourself. Write down everything you know about your parents, then keep going back until you run stuck. Most people can get back to their grandparents and maybe a set of great grandparents. At this point there are so many ways to get back further in your tree. Much of it depends on the records available. For instance, it you live in the United States, public records are only going to take you back so far. Many localities weren’t required to keep records until the late ‘s or even early ‘s, and many courthouses were burned in the Civil War destroying many of the existing records that were already in place. In Europe and many other countries, records go back a lot further. Other avenues of getting information are studying old land records, wills, cemeteries, city directories, local histories and military records. Another gold mine of information is if your parents kept old letters of the family. It wasn’t uncommon in the early twentieth century for women to have post card books. Some old post cards have some interesting information as well. If you are young, you may have the honor of being able to interview your grandparents for information. If you do this, I would recommend taping the conversation because often it is impossible to remember everything they said and you will have a treasure for future generations. Even though tracing your tree yourself takes a lot of time and a lot of effort, you learn so much and it is so much more worthwhile than pulling up a tree on a website and wondering where in the world the author got their information.
I am assuming your family is in the U.S. If it isn’t then disregard my answer.
First, ancestry.com does have a day free trial-BUT you must cancel before the end of days or they will charge your credit card. Also, don’t be suprised if they ask you to put your cancellation in writing and fax it to them. I have had friends tell me that they had to do it this way to cancel. I personally have found the information at Ancestry.com very helpful. A few years ago, I had a day trial and didn’t find them to be worth the money, but over the last couple of years they have added so much. They have all years of the census fully indexed, immigration records, military records, newspapers, family trees and the list goes on. They have truly evolved the last couple of years and they keep adding more information.
Here is a list of some of the free genealogy websites.
www.rootsweb.com -This is a good one that is free. It is run by Ancestry.com but shouldn’t be confused with Ancestry.com- the pay site.
www.familysearch.org website for the Church of the Later Day Saints.
www.genforum.com This is a site that is full of individual message boards. You can search and post by last name, state, country, or county. This is a great one. Simply post your question on the respective board, and when people answer you will get a notification on your E-mail. I have had a LOT of success on GenForum.
I must say, however, that a good genealogy query, doesn’t just say. ” I need information on John Smith” Try to provide as many dates, places, and details as possible. One little thing can make the difference as to the answer you get.
a good query has
) the persons name
) all of the biographical information you know to date and
) asks a specific question
The reason it is so specific is because people won’t waste your time and theirs telling you what you already know. Also, by providing ALL of your known information (for example, the childrens names) it gives people alternate people to research to help arrive at your answer.
http://www.usgenweb.org/ -When you get to the main page, you can get to the state and individual locality pages by clicking on the appropriate links. Keep in mind that some towns are going to have more information than some smaller obscure towns. It all depends on what kinds of volunteers contribute information to their sites. Genealogy is very much a hobby that depends on people.
Check your LOCAL LIBRARY. Many libraries have subscriptions to Ancestry.com or hertiage quest that you can Access from home with your library card number, absolutely FREE!! Heritage Quest is geared mostly toward the US records.
www.interment.net or www.findagrave.com These are cemetery sites that have grown by leaps and bounds.
This is the link to the Social Security Death index. This is a very helpful resource to finding death dates of people who died in recent years (since about the ‘s)
If your family immigrated to the US in the last – years you can try
This one is cool because you can actually have a look at the ships manifests!!
If you start your search for your ancestry, it will probably turn into an obsession. It is very addicting and it is like a big puzzle with so many benefits. You learn where your family came from, where they’ve been, often you can learn about family medical history. There just isn’t a down side. Remember the old addage, “If you want something done right, you often have to do it your self.” You are not going to just find your entire genealogy in one search. It is an ongoing puzzle. I tell people, if you can find one thing every time you are searching, you are doing GREAT. If you find any more than that at any given time you are LUCKY!! Write to me if you have any questions. I would be happy to help if I can. Blessings.
Source(s): Personal Experience
Ask all your relatives all the information that they know about your family from the oldest to the youngest. Gather names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and any and all contact information on which you can get your hands, and also go to www.geneology.com or www.ancestry.com (they’re the same company). Also, go to any and ALL family events and family reunions because these will be great opportunities for you to get answers to your questions about your family from your family.
I hope that this helps.
Also be sure you have your birth, marriage and death dates if you put out any queries because it is hard for anyone to help if you don’t have those
Source(s): years of genealogy experience
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