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In finding out someone's ethnic and also genetic make up, when the person has
explored all sources of genealogical document searching, the last and probably
the best resort lies in the DNA Test. It can help to verify whether the
individual has the capacity to include the right people in to his or her family
tree. DNA Tests do not ascertain DNA paternity. These types of tests inform you
about ancestry and genealogy information.
The tests have become easy, pain-free, and may be achieved from your home. The
actual DNA tests provide accurate details to an individual relating to the
individual's family background, ethnic heritage, and linkups along with their
past generations. These types of tests may resolve concerns related to
suspicions within families. In the event of people descending from some
migratory clan, the DNA test outcomes may be remarkable in finding their
Hence, there exists a really close relationship between DNA Testing and
Genealogy is the discipline, which deals with finding the ancestry of a person.
The simplest method to understand about your descent or genetic ancestry and
genealogy relationship is through DNA tests. To be able to determine your own
genetic ancestry, Testing should be obtained by as many of your family members
as possible. Testing the family members will become significant if you're
curious to trace your relations with your ancestors. The more people within your
own group of family members tested, the greater is the possibility of success.
One of the earliest methods of connecting genealogy people together using DNA is
by following your male ancestors on your father's paternal line. A Y-DNA test
extends your family name line all the way back to pre-historic records era. When
someone with the same family name also takes the DNA test you will be able to
see approximately back to where that you both have a common ancestor.
Also with an mtDNA test your mother's mother's maternal line will be able to be
discovered back into pre-historical times also and you will be able to discover
the part of the world your early forebearers migrated from. For several years,
those were the only two ways of testing which were available to researchers. Now
with the recent news of one DNA testing company using their Family Finder data,
you will be able to locate other distant cousins that relate to you through any
of your family tree branches, not just the two paternal and maternal lines.
Now with Family Finder, adopted children may search for their birth parents. The
families that have given up children for adoption in the past may also locate
the child that was adopted out. Never in the past has the possibility of solving
their curiosity of finding their actual family history been so achievable. The
DNA tests enable them to gather all genealogical data and reunite them with
their family and know the details in regard to their family tree. We welcome you
to find more on this subject from resources mentioned. Some very exciting finds
are being uncovered every day!
So you have begun your search into your family's genealogy, that's great! Isn't
it? Or maybe you are having a "few" problems finding information. The family's
not opening up or perhaps their information is not helping. Join the club,
that's why genealogy is so fascinating. That is also why genealogy is such a
challenge and a "mystery".
For many years our ancestors thought if you had bad things happening in the
family, it was better to keep quiet. Never talk about the "bad things" and
eventually it would disappear. But with the times changing, people are beginning
family searches, thus, these "bad things" are coming "out of the closet", so to
speak. What our ancestors did not realize was, their family was not alone. Many
others have much deeper secrets to hide.
Here are a few tips to help aid with your searches, while some may help right
away, others may not be so helpful.
First you will need to get a spiral notebook or something to keep track of any
small details. At first these details may not seem important, however, at some
point, you could find the small details very helpful.
Next, take a little time to question your parents and grandparents for all the
details about your immediate family. In case your parents are not available then
go to any Aunts, Uncles, Cousins or friends who may have memories about your
Also, any stories-funny or otherwise, write them down. This will help future
generations form mental pictures of what the members of your family were like.
Include details such as birthdays, death dates, middle names, cities where they
may have lived and approximate dates of when they lived there.
Try to include occupations, their language spoken, whether they finished school
or how long they attended. The names of the schools, ask about old grade cards
to, this is always fun to look at later (especially your parents or grandparents
Collect any photos available, new or old, they may not seem important now, but
to our future generations they are like a goldmine. As you will find in your
search, far too many photos have been thrown away. Families don't give much
thought about new generations wanting to compare who it is they look like,
height of ancestors or what color their eyes were or hair color. All this may
not seem so important now, but someday it will be priceless.
If you can collect information about family members currently living, it will
help when you begin digging for ancestors no longer alive. Visit the cemeteries
where family members are buried, take a few snapshots; write down the name,
address and city state where located. It sounds odd to some but to others,
knowing where family is buried is quite important.
Continue your search and questioning of family and friends to gather as much
information as possible. Once you have gathered all the details about current
family you'll be ready to travel further back into time to locate more family
members. Always file your information either by complete families or surnames.
This will aid in later searches, making your job easier to locate information
you already have to compare with any new facts.
There are so many other ways to perform searches and find free charts to enter
your information on. We'll discuss several new tips in future articles to come.
Until then, Have fun and happy genealogy hunting!
There are about 60,000 billion cells found in the human body. It includes muscle
cells, cheek cells, and white blood cells. Each cell contains the whole genetic
information which is the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). The nucleus inside the
cell holds the DNA or chromosomal DNA that consists of Y chromosomal DNA, X
chromosomal DNA, and autosomal DNA. The external part of the nucleus holds
mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). The autosomal DNA comes from both the mother and the
father, Y chromosomes is inherited by a son from his father, and mtDNA comes
from the mother only.
There are advancements made in testing DNA to meet various areas of interests.
For example, the most common uses of DNA are related to finding criminals and
proving paternity. But today, genealogy research also uses DNA testing.
For so many years, genealogy has become an important element of the society and
a favorite hobby of some enthusiasts. Although this is more rewarding, somehow
it brings frustrations even to expert genealogists. It can be very time
consuming when doing paper research. More often, it can lead to illegible and
damaged documents. But, DNA testing provides quick results without questioning
its authenticity or quality. Moreover, the genetic genealogy results can endure
the tests of time.
1. Mitochondrial testing is utilized for tracing the maternal heritage of a
person. The mtDNA testing is very important since genealogists are mostly
females. When they marry, maternal lines are often lost because of changing
their surnames. In this manner, they can learn and trace their maternal
There are advances made in understanding genetics and using laboratory
techniques in helping a person to identify maternal lineage through mtDNA
tracing services. The distinct mtDNA of person is analyzed and compared to the
databases of other samples of mtDNA worldwide, revealing information about the
The mtDNA remains nearly unchanged even for so many years. You can share the
same type of mtDNA with your mother, maternal grandmother, and maternal great
grandmother. The same exact mtDNA code can track your direct maternal lineage
way back from the time where mtDNA code's natural mutation occurred.
Women who are living today can trace their origins 150 thousands years ago
through natural mutations or mitochondrial eve. In connection with matrilineal
descent, eve is the common ancestor. But it doesn't necessarily imply that eve
is the only woman who lived in that era. There were also other women alive but
only the lineage of eve has survived.
2. Y chromosomal DNA testing is the most common used form of genetic
genealogy testing. Some people can even trace if a deceased man is related to
them by conducting this test.
Like mtDNA, Y chromosomes can be also traced back from one prehistoric father,
Adam. The DNA mutation of the first Y chromosomes naturally occurs over many
generations. Determining the present Y chromosomes can trace your paternal
lineage through searching the Y database worldwide.
Moreover, genealogists can find out if two people are related because they have
similar surnames through Y chromosomes testing. It is not impossible since in
most cultures, surnames or family names are inherited by children from their
fathers like the Y chromosomal DNA.
A successful genealogy research lies on DNA testing because its usefulness is
proven as time has passed by.
Isn't it interesting to know more about your ancestral timeline several
generations ago? If you are on the search for reliable sources that will serve
as your reference documents, the internet is a good resource material. It has
always contained the vast data that can help in your research. The great
advantage when using the internet is that the genealogist can save both money
Aside from the ancestral timeline, some people also would want to know the
details about their recent generations. In the quest of finding this out,
genealogy becomes a serious study that takes an investment.
There are some helpful pointers that can give ease to your research. Whether you
are new or a professional genealogist, you must know that there could be other
researchers that work on your genealogy. One way to find out is to check on the
published works of the surnames involved in your family tree. Some of these
researchers publish their works on their website for other people to visit.
Other helpful tools that can also be found in the internet are the searchable
indexes that contain references needed in your study.
The genealogical or historical society is an institution that you can ask help
from. They are found in the towns where your ancestors once lived. This is an
excellent source of information on how life was during the time of your great,
great grandparents. The genealogical or historical society keeps the records of
local directories, the list of buried people even in inactive burial spots, and
newspaper archives. The advantage of seeking help from this institution is that
this is run by volunteers who have been oriented with some genealogical facts.
This also contains addresses of other societies which have links to their webs.
Way back in 1800's, the US and Europe has the long tradition of funeral cards or
mourning cards. These are also great sources for genealogists. There are also
web sites that deal on the indexing of these cards. You can visit these sites
and search for the surnames that you need.
Newspapers are also good sources of local information. They usually contain
valuable information about people who have lived a few years ago. The online
newspaper archive is a searchable site that takes the place of microfilm reels.
However, it would be advantageous if you have some information about your
ancestors such as the event where they have been involved. When you search in
online newspaper archives, you type the surname and the keyword, which is
resembled by the event. The newspaper online is updated regularly that makes
their information reliable.
Another research tool that is helpful in genealogy is the indexed census. Aside
from this, there are other transcribed records which are also available online.
Such records of birth, marriage and death information are available in some
There are various research tools that help in the search of your ancestry. There
are free and accessible sources that only proper organization provide.
Five more ways to start your genealogy research project.
(The first 10 points are in articles 1 and 2 previous.)
Continuing from article 2...
By following this outline as presented you "will" definitely locate your
ancestors and learn about each of the older generations as you go along. It will
be a gradual step back in time as you proceed from step to step in these
11 - Join a Genealogical Society. This is very important especially for the
novice, but is good information even for the advanced genealogist. The
information and education that you will get from these fellow genealogists will
be invaluable. They usually sponsor seminars and training classes that will
also be most helpful. I have met many previously unknown relatives at
genealogical society meetings. Remember there are many thousands of modern day
people that have the same ancestors that you do.
12 - Install a Genealogical Software Program on your computer and document all
of the data with your sources as you enter the information into your database.
There are many free or shareware programs that you can download off the net,
just check with cyndislist or Google for this. I like Legacy Family Tree but
there are many others available.
13 - Once your data is computerized you will be able to look at it in standard
chart formats and print out nice reports. Seeing your data take the form of a
pedigree chart or family group sheet is exciting and every time you print one
out I guarantee that it will give you more ideas on what to check next. These
charts are great for sharing with other family members also and they just might
bring you more exciting finds. Most of these computer programs also have ways
of adding scanned or downloaded images into your database which will make for a
very professional looking report. There is also room to add biographical text
which will keep the data from becoming dry to the casual reader and you can put
meat on the bones of your long gone family members.
14 - Sharing with others is what it is all about and will always bring nice
results in return. You will find that most everyone in this hobby is willing to
share their data and you will be able to keep building with the use of work done
by others. Do not expect family members to kick in and help you pay for all of
this research. They just do not have the passion that you do for the research
and they also have no idea as to the expense. Just look at this hobby as a labor
of love and do not look at it as a way of making money.
15 - Civil and court records are located in courthouses normally. These are some
of the other places that you will want to become acquainted with, as the records
that are available in various courthouses, such as land records, estate records,
guardianships, and various civil records are available no where else. Do not be
intimidated in such places as these records, if not sealed, are public records
and you have the right to see them. Each civil location will have differing
rules and procedures that you will have to follow but the records are there for
you to find.
To be concluded in article 4 of this series...
Seeking out the lifetimes and lifelines of ancestry and genealogy is unique and
fulfilling, irrespective of any well-known or infamous ancestors. On the other
hand, the historical stories of family trees are what make genealogy so
absorbingly interesting. Do yourself ever wonder if these stories are true? An
individual can be related to any number of famous or infamous forefathers and
various captivating kin in somewhere between. Do you'll know who your ancestors
are? Do anyone know where they came from, each of them? All the answers yourself
seek to know yourself are waiting for people with the study of your ancestry,
which is genealogy and family history.
The best means of tracing your genealogy and family history is by visiting and
listening to the stories of your oldest located relative such as your
grandparents. Ask them to list for people any info concerning their own
grandparents, parent, siblings and cousins. Learn as much as the individual can
from them and next use that information to further your pursuit. Access out if
any relative have an old family bible that includes notes of births, deaths as
well as any old written documents or photographs you can scan for copy. Numerous
times while tracing family history that you may come across a distant relative
who is doing genealogy as well. It will be a mesmerizing hobby. Exchanging notes
with relatives is a tremendous resource.
Although browsing for family history, the individual will locate a load of info
by using your pc. Your wants can searches though old historical details have
been transcribed or scanned and therefore uploaded into online databases. Years
ago you would travel numerous miles or pay a researcher to search for these
types of documentations. Today yourself can do this online. Of course, the
individual may have to pay to access some online databases.
Using these sources is simple, the public enter data such as names and
birthdates and therefore click lookup. Keep in mind that way back when there are
misspellings of names as well as wrong dates which are commonly a year or so off
depending on historical record book entries. Have note of location as well, such
as the city, state or territory. These things can change with the dividing of
territory or state. If people run into difficulties, search out if the location
of your ancestor changed over the years.
The USGenWeb Project is a perfect starting spot to find searching your family
past. The important info is divided into individual county and state websites
that also normally include resources for locating immigrants. Such resources may
consist of family trees, birth, marriage and death documents and different types
of historical details. There are onsite researchers there to help you lookup for
detail. You can involve traveling to areas of family history or to obtain them
by visiting the area in which they lived. Visit the department of very important
public records and the courthouse to see info. You will get information from
churches that your ancestors may have attended. You can search for additional
leads on birth certificates, marriage licenses and death certificates.
Search one belonging to the free social security death indexes to search for
info on social security cards. You will have a copy of his or her social
security card application for a fee, which may provide you with information such
as the names of folks, address and date and place of birth. Cemeteries, funeral
homes and obituaries can provide you with useful info. Now that you begin
constructing your family tree, you will enjoy the time you spend learning about
everyone; even if there are problems of obtaining certain family historical past
data. You may find you are related to some incredibly interesting characters and
then you can share your findings with future generations.
Everyone has the urge to study their family history and do a genealogy research
project. This article and the next three to follow will help you get started the
right way. Get in the habit of following the described procedures and it will
pay off for years to come.
Even with the internet now this is not a project that you can perform quickly.
It will become a lifelong hobby for you once you really get bitten by the
genealogy bug. By following the ideas listed in these articles you will see your
family tree start to branch out with each new discovery.
Do not waste any time on trying to hook up to some famous person that you
believe or have heard that you might be related to. It may turn out that you do
descend from, or are related to this notable person but if you do not follow the
recommended procedures here you will never be able to prove it.
Here are the first five methods to follow to start a genealogy research project:
1 - Start with what you know about your immediate family and work backwards.
This is the most important point and you must do it this way. The documents that
you locate to prove your connection to each generation will provide the clues
you need to discover the next older set of ancestors and their siblings.
2 - Interview your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and all known
relatives, especially the older ones. Most of them will have some clues that you
will be able to use in your search. Even some of your contemporary modern day
cousins, second and third cousins will have information to share that will
provide clues. Remember that you are not likely the only descendant of these
3 - Start now to get in the habit of using spiral notebooks for recording your
data. Spiral notebooks will be very handy in keeping your research in some form
of chronological order. Make sure you date the pages and make notes of what
library or courthouse you found the records in for each day. You will have
plenty of loose sheets of photocopies and miscellaneous notes to file but if you
use the spiral notebooks they will be a big help as the years go by to be able
to go back and refer to.
4 - Make a Pedigree Chart of your direct ancestors only, and then make Family
Group Sheets (FGS) for all of the married couples. The FGS is probably the most
important document to create because this is one place that you can see each
family unit with all of their detailed vital statistics and dates. There is a
place for the husband and wife, each of their parent's names, and all of their
children and who the children married.
5 - Use all of the Federal Census and State Census data that you can get on each
person. Here you will get names and dates and immigration facts and you will be
able to see the neighbors within their communities. The Federal Censuses are all
on line now through subscription websites like ancestry, footnote and
HeritageQuest. Some of the digitized censuses are also online for free through
the Mormon website at familysearch dot org. Check with your local public library
as many of them have online subscriptions that you will be able to access these
censuses with from your own computer or certainly from the library's computer.
Stay tuned for installment #2 of 4 in this series.
When it comes to tracing your roots, there are a lot of questions to be asked.
Several of these questions will come up over and over.
1. How do I begin tracing a family tree? Begin with yourself and work backwards
through the generations. Record major life events on ancestor charts and
interview your relatives, especially the elder ones. See if you can track down
any documents, photos, baby books or heirlooms.
2. What is the meaning of a last name? Last names don't often provide a lot of
insight into your family origins. Surnames can originate in different places and
have multiple meanings. Oftentimes, your last name may vary greatly in spelling
and could have been changed over the generations to sound more "English." Still,
it can be fun to find out how your last name was derived.
3. Where can I find the book on my family? Occasionally, published or
unpublished family histories can be found at public libraries, local historical
and genealogical societies, and on the Internet. Review them carefully, since
most contain inaccuracies.
4. What is the best genealogy software? It basically comes down to what is right
for you. Almost all software is good for entering family data and viewing it in
a variety of formats. There may be differences in the features. Most programs
offer a free trial version before you buy, or at least a money-back guarantee.
5. How do I make a family tree? You can purchase a number of family tree charts,
or full-size wall charts. Or, you can choose to create a family history book,
CD, or scrapbook. You are only limited by your own creativity.
6. How am I related to this person or that person? Grandparents, aunts, uncles,
and first cousins are pretty easy to track, but more distant family
relationships often become too confusing. You can find a cousin calculator or
relationship chart to help.
7. Could I be related to someone famous? Just like any family tree, you'll need
to start with yourself and work backwards. Many famous family trees can be found
online, which can help make a connection.
8. Where do I find birth, death, or marriage records? Vital records will
generally be government records back to a certain point in time, which varies by
state or county. Beyond that, church or parish registers are the most common
9. What is my family coat of arms? True coats of arms are granted to
individuals, not families or surnames, and may be used only by the male line
descendants of the person to whom it was originally granted.
10. Where did my ancestors come from? Read up on history to learn about common
migration patterns or check with relatives for surname origins or family
customs. Vital records might also give clues as to the origins of your family
Genealogy is taken by many people as a hobby in these days. With the advance of
technology, even a non-skilled people can research much information quickly.
People conduct genealogy for various reasons. Some people take it for religious
belief, others for pride of decent from certain families, still others for the
desire to know medical and family history of certain persons.
Conducting genealogical research can benefit you in psychological ways. Many
people take this pastime a leisure activity. The psychological benefits of this
leisure activity are significant. You can feel a sense of accomplishment through
researching and compiling information. You may feel proud of some of your
ancestors and being a decent of your family. You can fosters a sense of self
worth and belonging.You may feel encouraged by the deeds of your ancestors and
strive to make a bright future for your family. You can gain the perspective
from tracing family heritage that you will be a part of a long line of relatives
that leaves a legacy for future generations. From a psychological perspective,
family history research satisfies fundamental needs.
The technological advance makes the research faster and more efficient than ever
before. With the help of modern means of communication, you will find it easier
to collect the information you want. Now there are many website on Internet
providing the services of genealogical research. The professional genealogists
and instructional computer software are available to suggest avenues, organize
and present your information.
To some up, the psychological benefits of genealogy are significant and
plentiful. If you are a genealogy hobbyist, you should make full use of the
technology which enables you to gain more information faster and in turn benefit
Discovering the lifetimes and lifelines of ancestor and family history is
exciting and satisfying, irregardless of any notorious or infamous forefathers.
Of course, the historical stories of family trees are what make genealogy and
family history so absorbingly interesting. Do you'll ever wonder if these
stories are true? That you can be related to any number of famous or infamous
forefathers and various captivating relatives in among. Do your wants know who
your ancestors are? Do we know where they came from, each of them? All the
answers you will seek to know yourself are waiting for we with the study of your
genealogy, which is genealogy and family history.
The best means of tracing your genealogy and family tree is by visiting and
listening to the stories of your oldest residing relative such as your
grandparents. Ask them to list for the public any specifics concerning their own
grandparents, parent, siblings and cousins. Learn as much as your wants can from
them and afterward use that data to further your pursuit. Look up out if any
relative have an old family bible that includes notes of births, deaths as well
as any old paperwork or photographs that you can scan for copy. Several times
while tracing family history anyone may come across a distant relative who's
doing family history as well. Currently its a mesmerizing hobby. Exchanging
notes with relatives is a fantastic useful resource.
And searching for family history, we will obtain a plethora of detail by using
your personal computer. Somebody can searches though old historical records data
have been transcribed or scanned and later uploaded into online databases. Years
ago you will would travel most miles or pay a researcher to access these types
of documentations. Today your wants can do this online. Yet, anyone may have to
pay to access some online databases.
Using these listings is simple, your wants enter important info such as names
and birthdates and afterward click search. Keep in mind that way back when there
are misspellings of names as well as wrong dates which are commonly a year or so
off depending on historical record book entries. Get note of location as well,
such as the city, state or territory. These things can change with the dividing
of territory or state. If yourself run into difficulties, look up out if the
location of your ancestor changed over the years.
The USGenWeb Project is a very good starting point intended for looking for your
kin past. The data is divided into various county and state websites that also
provide websites for locating immigrants. Such resources may can comprise family
trees, birth, marriage and death documents and some other types of historical
records. There are onsite researchers there to help you lookup for important
info. You can involve traveling to areas of family history or to look up them by
visiting the area in which they lived. Visit the department of very important
information and the courthouse to get important info. You will have info from
churches that your ancestors may have attended. You can locate much more leads
on birth certificates, marriage licenses and death certificates.
Search one of this cost-free social security death indexes to lookup info on
social security cards. You will get a copy of his or her social security card
application for a fee, which may provide you with data such as the names of
mothers, address and date and place of birth. Cemeteries, funeral homes and
obituaries can provide you with useful information. As soon as you begin
constructing your family tree, you will enjoy the time you spend learning about
everyone; even if there are problems of uncovering various family past important
info. You may find you are related to some extremely interesting characters and
then you can share your findings with future generations.
(The first 15 points are covered in the three previous articles.)
By now if you have been following the step by step procedures outline here you
will have started to recognize the importance of doing your genealogy research
project in this manner.
Continue on to the conclusion and I guarantee that you will have success in
finding those missing links. There are always records some where that will help
you to prove your connection to these people. It is up to you to keep digging
until you find the proof.
16 - Your state vital records for Births, Deaths and Marriages will be located
usually at your state capital. Some states have them published on line and you
could do a Google search to find them. Old newspaper articles will be the best
way of finding the right dates and names for these key points in people's lives,
and then you must document them with copies of the official vital records
17 - The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) is online and free. It can be
searched at ancestry and the USGenWeb. You can also download many free forms
such as census extraction forms from ancestry and cyndislist. By using these
newly discovered death dates and old newspaper articles you will find many more
clues to your family history.
18 - Maps are extremely helpful in putting your ancestors in a certain location
and time period. Many of the earlier cadastral maps will show the names of the
property owners on the maps. There are some very good sites that you will be
able to look at old maps, current and old topographical maps, aerial and
satellite photos and many other very useful free sites of interest. It is best
to Google these terms also because the sites keep changing.
19 - This is a hobby that will consume you if you get hooked, but set some goals
and go out and record that data. Buy books, take courses, have fun. A great book
that you will want to have a copy of is titled, "Step by Step Genealogy Guide".
20 - In closing I wish to thank you for reading these tips and if I can leave
you with the very most important single thing it is this. Document your sources!
Make good citations of each and every point and detail that you record in your
spiral notebooks and then enter into your computer database. Make sure you
record the date and location that you obtained each fact. You can thank me in
ten years for that bit of advice.
There are two common reasons people decide to try a marriage certificate lookup.
Either they need a copy of their own certificate to prove that they are married,
or they want the information for a genealogical search. While the process for
finding these certificates is usually the same and straightforward, there are
always little nuances that are important to know.
When You Need a Copy of Your Own Marriage License
We are a society on the move. People change addresses frequently and as they
move from one place to the other, things get lost. As a perfect example, I can
point to losing my child's birth and medical records in my last move. These
losses are annoying, true, but sometimes they can be downright problematic.
You need your marriage certificate to prove your relationship if you want to get
a loan together, open a joint bank account, or do any number of other things.
To claim disability benefits, or life insurance they are also necessary, and in
adoption proceedings, nothing moves forward without it.
Getting a certified copy isn't hard; it is just time consuming. Dependant upon
where you got married, you will either find a copy of your certificate at the
State clerk's office or in the County clerk's office.
You then apply for the certificate providing the date of the marriage, the name
of both groom and bride, by maiden name, as well as the location. You will need
to provide proof of who you are and pay the fee required. If all is in order,
you should receive your copy in a few weeks.
It seems that one of the most popular hobbies these days is to dig up one's
family roots. Marriage certificates are treasure troves of information.
All the states keep records that go back to the early '90s and if you can prove
that you are in the family line, they are likely to provide you with a copy upon
request. If you can't get a copy, they will normally provide verification. The
catch is that to apply to the state you need all sorts of information. Of
course, if you had that information, you wouldn't need to contact the state.
The best way to conduct this kind of marriage certificate lookup is to sign up
with one of the reliable vital statistics search services online. You don't
need to have all the information; a name is enough to start your search. Of
course, the more information you have the better your odds of finding the right
person quickly, but you get to dig through the databases at your leisure until
you do find what you want. Quick, easy and convenient, online search services
are the way to go in a genealogical search.
The treatment of diseases like Multiple Sclerosis is very complex at times
because there has been no cure identified for it. Many researchers have studied
Family genealogy backgrounds to look for evidence of birth effects that could be
associated with any stage of Multiple Sclerosis. Since it is a progressive
disease that is controllable, researchers hope to find a path to follow to show
that at some point in the family history, certain maladies were controlled by
By studying Family Genealogy backgrounds, researchers can identify which side of
the family was first afflicted with ailments that dealt with joint pain or the
degeneration of tissue and cartilage around a joint. Since Multiple Sclerosis is
so diversified in the number of symptoms that can be present at any one time,
researchers have found that any information is very helpful in finding a cure
for the disease.
Some Family Genealogy backgrounds might reflect historical references to many
birth defects that are ever present in each generation that is born within the
family tree. Some European family cultures may have had adverse reactions when
the genes in their genealogical history were mixed with other races along the
line. Some families require a clear bloodline to claim that they are bluebloods
and should be treated as royals.
The Family Genealogy backgrounds are very important to many families because it
might define the people who would make suitable donors for an organ transplant.
When donations through immediate family members is not longer an option, it
might prove very useful if the family had a genealogical background for
physician's to reflect on to find a suitable donor for blood marrow or an organ
Many people want to be kept informed of the Family Genealogy backgrounds because
they are high risk candidates for any pregnancy and want to give their child the
best start in life that is possible. Doctors do many microscopic tests during a
pregnancy and any family history of defects can prevent some tragedies from
occurring. Some Doctors might recommend that a pregnancy be terminated early if
they find evidence of a certain trait in the blood work that is done during
Middle-aged mothers are often asked to submit to an amniocentesis so that the
cellular development of their child can be studied while the child is still in
the womb. If this family had to guess at what the Family genealogy backgrounds
and structure of their family tree were, then they might be ill prepared to tell
the Doctor's of any history of any disease that is prevalent on either side of
their family tree. The end result is a birth defect that the child may have to
live with the rest of their life.
My husband is doing extensive genealogy research. As he had a breakthrough, he
emerged out of his office with the news that he found a string of relatives from
the 1200's. My son looked down and is very sad. The day we located some
additional news about our genealogy, he asked more about his birth parents. We
shared what information we had and then he said "well, I will just hang on to
your genealogy mom, since I don't have any of my own." I shared that he did and
strained my brain to remember what I could from what his birth mother had said
many years ago. I had foggy details of the few lone phone calls so very long
ago, not much for this young man to get excited over. My heart fell to the
ground for him. I fought back the tears; it was so hard to see him in this
struggle that need not be.
I am now going over family photos from our great grandparents, and working on
framing them. They are precious photos and I handle them with the utmost care
and reverence. Since I was 30 when we adopted, he doesn't remember my
grandparents let alone my great grandparents. At a recent funeral of my great
uncle, I shared with my son the photos of my grandmother's side of the family.
He looks so much like them, even though there was no biological tie. His blue
eyes and milky white skin are very different than my Portuguese heritage of
olive skin, dark hair and brown eyes.
Once when he was only 5, he found my "color in" shampoo in my shower and used it
to look more like me. My blonde son now had red/auburn hair. Bless his heart.
Adopted by a full Italian and Portuguese adoptive mother, he wanted to look like
mommy and daddy.
What can we offer our children about their heritage? Why is it important to have
this to share with them? Where do we start to get this information for them? Is
it OK to let them know they have similarities with our families, is this true or
wishful thinking? What does the future hold for them - and their ancestors?
Remember to gather and write down all you learn about your children's biological
family when possible. There are many books on helping your children. For waiting
adoptive parents, start reading before your child arrives in your home. The more
you have and the more you see the value in this genealogy information, the more
prepared you will be for the future.
Studies have confirmed that most of the identity thefts happen through the
literal theft by friends, fellow workers, relatives, purses or mails, or
fraudulent address changes. Identity theft is also known to happen to people who
are slack about their own genealogical data, and are also casual about
protecting other people's genealogical data as well. The actual truth is that
anybody can find out anything about you if they want to, especially if they try
There are several ways that can be used to protect your identity, as well as
that of other family members. The most basic method to guard one's self from
falling victim to identity theft is by simply changing your secret question and
answer. Most people normally use their maiden names as their password for their
online personal information. If an identity thief wanted your maiden name, he
would simply go to the courthouse and he will access your marriage certificate
Some people use your name from where you went to school. It is very easy
accessing such information if someone really wanted to get your personal
identifiers. Therefore people should try to be more technical when it comes to
question and answer sections, especially when it's for your password.
Most researchers share files among themselves. It's only prudent to always
privatize files you share with others so that you are able to prevent the
inclusion of living people's personal details such as names and date of birth.
This could act as an easy source of information for would be identity thieves
who will have it served on a silver platter if such information is left open to
the public. Always try and exclude living people from your data base; if not,
have two data bases. This is important because their personal information is not
meant for the public, and who knows when an identity thief could be reading and
It's good to exercise confidentiality with others, and demand it of them. This
way you will avoid putting other people's personal information in harms way.
Therefore it's now a law that sharing the information of living people, without
a signed assurance from the recipient that that information will not be shared
with others, is an offense.
It's increasingly becoming very important to store important documents in a
secure place, especially those that involve financial materials as well as the
family members and your current personal identifiers. Don't go around carrying
original identity materials, especially when they are not needed. Carry
photocopies if you really have to, otherwise leave them in a secure place to
limit chances of becoming a victim of identity theft.
Just to keep a tab on your financial activities, request your financial report
at least once a year as it will help you identify any irregularities or
fraudulent activities should there be any. ?
Birth records are public records and as such, are kept by the government offices
in each state in the country. A birth record serves as a document or proof about
a child's birth and contains information such as the name, gender, height, and
weight of a child. It also includes important information surrounding the
child's birth such as the date, time, and location of birth. For genealogy
enthusiasts, precious information worth checking out includes the name of the
father, the maiden name of the mother, and in some instances, information about
the parent's occupation. Names of the siblings, if any, are also usually listed
in birth records.
Doctors, after verifying the information and signing it, sends these records to
the proper government office. These records, aside from being a proof of a
child's birth, also serve as sources for historical and demographical
Most birth records are handled by the registrar in the county where the birth
took place. In the early days, these records were also copied and compiled in
microfilms and microfiches to avoid the wear-and-tear of the original records.
Thankfully, most birth records can now be accessed online for a faster and less
tedious birth record search. The government has encouraged and made an effort in
having electronic versions of these essential records to make it more easily
accessible to more people.
Use PublicRecords.com now and get copies of birth records even faster. Whether
you are trying to replace a damaged birth certificate or trying to get
information about your ancestors through a relative's certificate, why not
search for it at PublicRecords.com?
After all, PublicRecords.com has a database that holds more than 2 billion
public records. We have extensively compiled public records from county, state,
and federal databases across the country and then placed it all in our site to
help you get more significant results for your birth record search.
Visit our website, use our services and find your birth records now!
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The learning process for genealogists is a continuous challenge. Thus,
information have started to explode over the internet. These brought family
historians in the world of high technology. Everybody is acquainted with
personal computers, websites, and emails. What makes this endeavor rewarding and
fascinating is the passion for exploring new things.
The problem is that if you failed to track information then the problem comes.
Say for instance, you cannot distinguish which materials are good for your
genealogy research. Keep your patience. There is always a solution to it.
One of the most popular sources of information which have started to dominate
genealogy research is dummy books. Genealogy Online for Dummies authored by
April Leigh Helm and Matthew L. Helm is the latest addition. This book has five
parts which is very helpful on guiding you to find your family history.
Beginners as well as those who are starting to research on the internet can find
the tips on Part 1 and Part 2 of this book useful for conducting genealogy
research. Valuable pointers regarding surnames, ethnic research, government
records, and geographical locations are provided.
The most important part of this book is found in Part 4. You can learn about the
ten internet genealogical publications, ten guidelines on how to design
genealogy webpage, ten genealogy beginner's sites, and ten guidelines for a
smooth sailing genealogical research. Yellow pages containing various sites
listings and descriptions are also included. This will enable dummies to have a
definite guide when searching the internet.
Exploring websites can be more fun using this directory. Every section on the
search engines enables you to obtain the most significant information provided
by robots known as spiders. One common mistake done by first timer online
genealogists is to go directly on a search engine and type the surname which
they are looking. Then they are surprised by the results. Following these tips
can prevent these conflicts.
One amazing feature of this book is that it is also available on CDs. Various
shareware and commercial programs (Mac and Windows versions), utilities, and
multimedia tools are found useful by genealogists.
Keep in mind that not everything is provided by websites or computers. You
cannot carry your laptop everywhere even though it is already portable. But
books are simply amazing.
Beginner genealogists have rated this book as really cool and informational.
Successful genealogy research must start with a plan and orientation about the
computer equipment to use. Chronological procedures are provided using certain
Another point of interest in this book is the database of land patent from the
previous GLO (General Land Office) provided through the BLMESO (Bureau of Land
Management's Eastern State Office). People have the chance to download copies of
their early ancestor's land patents. Some considered this book a good source
for every genealogist. It covers not only what is found on websites but also
amazing tips on acquiring important genealogical skills.
As your research progresses, you can also discover ways on preserving photos and
notes and organizing records. You will also be acquainted on planning trips for
genealogical research as well as useful strategies. Numerous resources developed
on websites are offered to help you find your family history including foreign
archives and sources.
Beginners are dummies no more. Genealogy Online for Dummies has made a big
How do you determine which type of family tree you want before you begin
researching? Everyone putting together a family tree is faced with certain
choices. Who to include in the family tree? How am I going to build my Family
Tree? These are all important questions that will determine the type of family
tree you decide to build. Visit www.obituarieshelp.org to download a free
printable family tree template chart so you can get started right now.
When you are researching your family tree, you may just start out by finding out
about grandparents and great grandparents but to find out who they really were
and to find out those little, but important facts, you might want to consider
broadening your research. There are several ways that you can do that, and below
you'll find out about all the different family tree models that you can follow.
What is a family tree chart?
A family tree by definition is a diagram of a family's ancestry. So in essence
it is a map or chart showing the members of a family, their relationship to one
another and even the dates of birth, marriage and death. But a family tree is so
much more than that. Or it can be. A family tree, depending on the type of tree
you choose to create could include all the relatives, spouses and even friends
and neighbors of a family.
The types of Family Tree Charts
Mapping out your family tree is a time consuming activity that involves close
attention to detail and a desire to find the answers to those burning questions
of who am I? And where did I come from? Before you begin, you need to know that
not all family trees are made the same.
Pedigree, Direct Lineage or Ascendant Family Tree Chart
The Pedigree Family Tree Chart is sometimes called a Direct Lineage or Ascendant
Family Tree. This is perhaps the most common type of family tree and the one
most people think of when referring to family trees. The pedigree family tree
begins with you (or a parent, or grandparent) and then follows a single
bloodline or family name back through the generations as far back as you can go.
If you are researching your pedigree with both your mother's and your father's
bloodline, your pedigree chart would start with you, then your parents would be
listed, then both sets of grand parents would come next, then all four sets of
great grand parents and so on.
If you are researching your father's surname and bloodline, the pedigree chart
starts with you, then next on the chart would be your parents, then your
father's parents, then your grandfather's parents and so on.
In any case, the pedigree family tree chart is the most common and is an
excellent starting point for budding genealogists and for anyone interested in
tracing their family history and their direct bloodline.
Descendant Family Tree Chart
A Descendant Family Tree Chart is the opposite of the Pedigree Family Tree
Chart. This type of family tree chart starts with an ancestral couple pretty far
back in the family history and then lists the descendants of that ancestral
couple generation by generation until the present. Usually the Descendant Family
Tree Chart is created after the Pedigree Family Tree Chart is complete as a way
to illustrate all known descendants of all lines of the family. The Descendant
Family Tree Chart can then become the outline for writing the family history.
Family Lineage Family Tree Chart
The family lineage family tree chart is similar to the pedigree family tree
chart but for one difference. In a family lineage family tree chart, you would
include the siblings of your direct lineage or pedigree. So you would include
your aunts and uncles, great aunts and uncles and so on. This gives a more
complete picture of the family rather than just focusing on your direct
Family lineage family tree charts are very helpful in identifying your family
members and helps to keep all your ancestors organized. It also is an excellent
way to find out about relationships between members of your pedigree and their
siblings which can lead to you finding out more interesting facts about your
Where to Start?
If you are just starting your genealogy search you might consider developing a
Pedigree Family Tree Chart before you get too deep into your research. One
problem that novice genealogists encounter is they get excited about the
research and end up losing track of who and what they are researching. Although
the research always turns up interesting facts and stories, you might get
frustrated that you wasted time or didn't get to the ancestors you had hoped to
find in the time you allotted for research. If you keep track of names, dates
and places of your direct family line on a Pedigree Family Tree Chart, you are
less likely to get confused and go off on searches you don't need to do.
Free Printable Family Tree Charts
Get started right away by downloading a Free Printable Family Tree Chart from
www.obituarieshelp.org. Then begin by filling in all the information you already
know like your name, your parent's names, your grandparent's names and so on.
Now you have the beginning of an excellent Pedigree Family Tree Chart and a
guide for your research. Your first research step after filling out the Pedigree
Family Tree Chart as much as you can, is to interview your parents and
grandparents if possible and don't forget that aunts, uncles, cousins and
siblings are a good source of information too. Good luck and have fun!
Starting a genealogy research is relative easy to start off. One needs to work
from the present backwards, and just begin by talking to immediate relatives to
initially establish kinship. Birth and death records kept within an extended
family would also have to be consulted and copied to start off compiling
Establishing a family history and filling in missing gaps in genealogy records
become more challenging as the genealogist digger deeper backwards in years.
The search needs to extend to external sources such as government and church
archives containing records not only of births and deaths but also marriage or
divorce records, adoption records, as well as records of emigration or
immigration and naturalization, military records, court records, to name a few.
At first glance, this business of having a compilation of genealogy records for
the family and relatives to appreciate in a reunion is one mind-boggling
enterprise. The advent of the computer age and the widespread use of the
internet have made the job of the genealogist a bit easier. Although
oftentimes, the search of a family history still needs perusing over voluminous
records at some dusty archives, much of the work of a genealogist can now be
The internet has become a significant venue for data-sharing among researchers
of genealogy records. Also, genealogy software programs are now available most
of which can export information about persons and their relationships. This
enables sharing of data with other genealogists by e-mail or through
Internet-based genealogy forums. Whatever data that may be gathered may also be
added to the various online genealogical databases, or simply uploaded to a
family web site. The sharing of information via CD-ROMs and DVDs is also
facilitated by many genealogical software applications.
Another important tool that has emerged in more recent years is the social
networking service (SNS) websites. The SNS enable genealogists to share data
and construct their genealogy records online. Family members subscribing to one
SNS can upload their family trees, contact other family historians not only to
fill in research gaps but also possibly have a much-expanded, interconnecting
genealogy records or family tree.
The family members who wish to hasten their compilation of genealogy records can
likewise assign research to individual relatives to any of the many available
online genealogy databases. It is ideal that a qualified family head researcher
would be appointed for this multi-person gathering. The accuracy of the
information or the authenticity of documents obtained have to be established as
some databases in the internet could contain erroneous or misleading
The more reliable ones would be government databases such as the US Federal Land
Patent Records. This site contains land conveyance records for the for the
Public Land States . It also carries more than 2 million Federal land titles
obtained between 1820 and 1908 from Florida, Illinois, Alabama, Mississippi,
Missouri, Minnesota,Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Another rich lode of genealogy records WorldGenWeb containing genealogy data
from all over the globe, a rare compilation and a must read for genealogists
whether a hobbyist or professional.
There are different reasons why people search for death records but one of the
most common reasons is for genealogy. Death records can play a very important
role in genealogy because they can tell you a great deal about the living
ancestors. You can learn about the other family members of the deceased such as
parents, spouse and children. In many cases, you can also learn more about
extended family members or you can trace the death records through of one person
to another, matching the family tree.
Certified copies of death records have been around for a long time now. While
records have been kept for many years, they are now considered a legal document
while also being a public record, meaning anyone can access what is contained
There is important information found within the death record that can help with
genealogy but the most important information is that of the other relatives. You
can look up full and complete history for a family by checking the death
records. This is also a great way to verify that people really did live and die
where they said they did and that they lived how they were said to have lived.
If you want to trace your family's roots or build a family tree, an online death
records database will be an important tool in helping you do this. Since you
will probably need to search through multiple records, it will make the process
faster, more affordable and easier. Just be prepared for some of the snags that
might come along the way.
There are some problems that can come into play when searching for death records
for someone. For example, depending on the period of time you are searching for,
women are sometimes harder to locate records for. This is because during some
times and locations, death records were only kept of men. Women were considered
to be property of the men and those men were not required by law to keep records
of their vital history on the women. This means that if a woman died, her
husband was not required to document this death legally.
But the problems extend further than just women. There are some men that you
might have trouble locating records for, again depending on the period of time
in history and the situation. If you run across a problem, you can often fill in
the gaps with other family member death records or with school records, prison
records, military records and more.
Tracing your family tree is a big job and not one to be taken lightly but there
are now many tools out there that make it easier than ever before. Why not take
advantage of these tools such as using the Internet to trace your death records?
It's fast and easy and can help you search for multiple records all in the ease
and comfort of your own home. While no one said that making your family tree
would be easy, it is certainly a rewarding experience when you have completed.
If you're a beginner with genealogy research, you can end up squandering a
ridiculous amount of money
unless someone gives you the heads up. A lot of people who've attempted to trace
their family trees in the past ended up looking at all the wrong places or
hiring all the wrong people.
The fact is that genealogy research is all about combining all the right
strategies in tracing your relatives and ancestors. No one software program can
actually give you the answers to all of your questions, and depending on one
genealogy expert can have you spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars just
for the preliminary work. To get your money's worth you should really get as
hands-on with the project as possible. If you depend on other people's services,
you'll drain your bank account in no time.
Learning the ropes
The best way for you to learn the tricks of the genealogy trade is by purchasing
The Kitchen Table Genealogist: How to Research and Build your own family tree.
You won't just be cutting down on your research work and period you'll also be
cutting down on a lot of expenses. For as low as a tenth of the usually
genealogist's fee, you can now learn how to do the research on your own without
worries. You'll be making only all the right moves because that's the writer's
full intention: to give people like her the opportunity to trace back their
family history without wasting money.
There are common mistakes that beginner researchers usually make when they're
tracing their family trees. One of them is wasting a lot of money on
genealogist's fees for small things they can do themselves. Another mistake is
spending too much money on software programs that actually do the same jobs.
This ebook explains, in a very comprehensible manner, every stroke of family
tree building minus the mistake. With this ebook, you'll know exactly where to
go with your search because everything is plotted out for you. You won't have to
spend years on a project which doesn't seem to progress simply because you've
run out of funds. This ebook teaches you where to go and how to ask people in
the right manner when you need records of possible relatives and ancestors.
Money back guarantee
The best think about this ebook is that it allows you to explore the tricks of
the trade without getting disappointed. The author gives all of her clients an
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You'll also get the book as soon as you finalize your order because it's not a
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This is definitely family scrapbooking made easy.
A lot of people ask if genealogy software programs actually work. The more
important question here is probably how they work. When you know the scope of a
genealogy software program's search, you'll know exactly what their limitations
and advantages are. Truth be told, these programs actually do work but they're
limited to what the internet can harness. These are public domain documents
which are hopefully of any help with your research, social networking homepages,
email directories, news clippings online, and more.
If you look at that vast spectrum of information tracing people's identities,
you'll think that these softwares can actually generate anything. They seem to
function like the new magic mirror giving you answers for the most difficult of
questions. However, what most people don't know, especially the younger
generation, is that there are still a lot of documents which are not available
online. Unless you have access to these documents, your family tree building can
be highly inaccurate.
Importance of keeping accurate research
Since you're spending a lot of energy and time on your family tree research, it
might as well be on the dot. After all, you're not the only person benefiting
from the project. Ideally, you're doing this research for future generations of
individuals in your family's line as well. One wrong name in your list can send
an entire loop of information amiss in somebody else's efforts to trace their
Fortunately, there's The Kitchen Table Genealogist: How to Research and Build
Your Own Family Tree. This ebook helps you carry out your endeavors with more
skill and responsibility. You'll know exactly what you're doing when you read
this manual, and you'll even be as certain as the best genealogists in the
market in as short as a few weeks.
Reading this book, according to satisfied consumers allowed them to cut down on
months of research efforts. If you still have a day job while you're immersing
yourself in this project, you'll understand the importance of doing things
efficiently so that no time is ever wasted.
Dodge common mistakes
By listing and explaining all the common mistakes that beginner researchers do,
the ebook helps you to eliminate all unnecessary steps in your family tree
building efforts. When people don't exactly know what they're doing, they tend
to do things over and over even if the step is unproductive.
Once you've read this book, you'll never do anything that doesn't help your
family tree building project progress. The author also experienced the same long
winded process when she was a beginner herself, and since all of her research
experiences are in this ebook, you'll be able to step up your game without going
through the same difficulties.
No shipping hassles
1. Unlike big genealogy books also sold online, this one is in a softcopy form
which is easy to download straight from your email. You won't have to worry
about shipping costs when you get this ebook since you'll only paying for the
product. The ebook can be sent to you online, instantly, using the authors fast
downloading software program.
A search for one's history, ancestry or family lineage may be one of the most
challenging tasks one can choose to take in his lifetime. Its end goal should be
very noble and rewarding, its success, fulfilling and incomparable. However, in
reality, the searching and the putting together of all the relevant information
is a seriously daunting and tedious task. It requires tremendous amount of
patience, a great amount of time, and a small chunk of luck.
Since not all people have the luxury of time, the blessing of non-demented older
folks (who could be main resource persons), the financial and manpower resources
for travel and manual search, a plain Jane would want an internet-based solution
made available to her. This is where the blessing of free genealogy database
There are many websites available in the internet which point out leads towards
birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates and various census
information. There are even sites which churn out information on criminal and
tax records. All these sites can lead one to clues on how to piece together the
links of his family tree.
While paper documents appear to be more real and the actual gathering of these
on one's hands seem rewarding, in truth, they are money- and timeconsuming.
Therefore, free genealogy database available in the internet remains to be one's
There are many sites to choose from each customized to once need. Each site's
offerings also vary so it is up to the researcher's careful judgment on what
site to choose from depending on his requirement. The site compatible to the
researcher depends on the extent of information required and the availability of
sources. Some researchers actually start in zero no documents, no idea, no
personal resource information, nothing. Some researchers on the other hand, have
a little information. Some are almost halfway in the research as they could have
been blessed with actual paper documents to help them get by the lineage tracing
The sites which could prove to be helpful to any of these many types of
researchers are Rootsweb World Connect Project, U.S. Federal Patent Records,
HeritageQuest, FamilySearch Record Search, WorldGenWeb, Canada Archives Search,
Geneabios Biographies for Generalogy, Ancestry.com (with free trial
membership), International Genealogical Index, The Generalogical Server or
GenServ, inGeneas Database, Archival Research Catalogue or ARC, amongst many
others. Of course, there are cemeteries or funeral places which could also yield
relevant information. Some of these also have electronic records available on
the internet. One can try Obituary Daily Times or Interment.net. Of course,
there are also free genealogy database which are hooked to the state or country
facilities such as Debt of Honor Register, The Digital Archives of Norway, 1901
Census for England and Wales, Canadian County Digital Access Project, US Social
Security Death Index, amongst many others.
Some of these sites have made available the uploaded family trees of those who
availed the assistance of their websites. With some family trees already
completed, it may just be enough push for the perplexed researcher to carry on.
This article introduced a best way to enjoy genealogy slideshow during the
summer family reunion. You can also share your genealogy slideshow with your
friends or family members after convert your presentation to DVD.
20 Ways to Start Your Genealogy Research in Four Parts, #2
As described in the first part of this series of four articles these are good
procedures to follow, step by step, in order to be able to document and prove
your ancestral line. These methods might seem a little boring to start with but
if you do not do each recommended procedure you will definitely miss crucial
details that will be able to prove your connection.
Continuing from article 1...
6 - In some of the previous documents that you accumulated at the start you will
have located some obituaries and death notices. Visit the cemeteries where you
know that some of your ancestors are buried and record the stones of the known
people of interest and also record the names and dates of the people that are
buried immediately adjacent to them. Chances are you will later find that they
are related. The cemetery office or sexton will also have more detailed
information than what is on the stone, or a stone might be lacking but they
would have the burial information. The official burial record books will have
data that is certainly not on the gravestone such as who paid for the burial and
other facts that you will find no where else.
7 - After you discover the death dates then find the newspaper obituaries
because they might give additional information on other family member's names.
Newspapers are one of the very best sources of clues that you have access to. Do
not take everything at face value as newspapers are filled with inaccuracies,
but use these obits, and death notices, marriage announcements and birth
announcements to gain dates and names and locations that will lead you to other
resources that will help you prove or disprove these pieces of data. Check with
the funeral homes also if they are still in business. Some times you will find
the records of a closed funeral home business at another company in the area.
Make phone calls and ask questions to find these.
8 - After you have recorded a few weeks of data, go back and interview the
relatives that you had visited with before. They will no doubt have remembered
more details to tell you, and when you arrive and show them what you have
accomplished to date it will no doubt jog their memory and you will come up with
some brand new clues. Always ask if they might have any old family bibles,
diaries, family records, old letters, family photographs, etc., that you might
be able to copy. These will lead you to many more details that will help to
confirm relationships. This is one of the steps that most novice genealogists
skip over and you should not pass up this most excellent opportunity. It never
fails that when you go back to visit your great aunt or some such elderly
person, they will be so happy to see you and they will always tell you something
like, "I was going to call you..." because they remembered something in the mean
time. Of course they never do call so it is up to you to go back and jog their
memory. Besides, you will brighten their day with each visit.
9 - There are many thousands of free websites that you will be able to get
information from on the Internet. If you get serious about this endeavor you
might also want to subscribe to some of the paid subscription sites where you
can get actual census details online. Some of the best paid sites are ancestry,
footnote and genealogy bank. They all have different resources and most of them
usually have a free trial period to see if it is what you want.
10 - The free genealogy websites that I refer to are: familysearch org (the
Mormon website,) cyndislist, mapquest, rootsweb, USGenWeb org (going down to the
basic county Genweb pages will be most helpful) Oh and the very best free
genealogy website to use is Google! You will be amazed at how many clues and
bits and pieces you will find on your own family history information using
Google. Learn how to do Boolean searches and narrow your searches down to
person's names, locations and dates. There is an amazing amount of material
already indexed on Google. Also do your searches at books.google because there
are now millions of rare local histories and genealogy books that have been
digitized and are readable online for free.
Obituaries offer a wealth of information about your family. They have important
facts about the deceased and important dates that you can use to piece together
clues about the history of your family. Here's how you can find details to
research from obituaries.
We all think differently and we all have different ways of processing
information, which makes genealogy and ancestry research very confusing.
Different historians and different family members keep records in different ways
so sometimes finding the facts you need to piece together a family history are
There are thousands of databases out there claiming to have the answers, but in
reality if you are disorganized, those databases are only going to make the
confusion worse. And to top it off repetition in names, facts and even certain
dates can cause further confusion. To clear up the confusion, here is the basic
guideline of what to look for in an obituary and how to keep it all organized.
Searching for Clues in Obituaries
An obituary is the final record of a person's life, information is included that
can lead you to some amazing discoveries about your family. When you look at an
obituary it is important that you pinpoint those bits of information and make a
note of them. First read the obituary through once or twice just to get an idea
of the information included. Then underline the important pieces of information.
Read it over again to make sure you underlined everything of importance. Here
are the things you will want to look for in an obituary:
The deceased's full name
Date of birth
Date of death
Place or City of Residence
Awards or Accomplishments
Names of survivors
Place where funeral or memorial service is held
Place of internment
Maximizing the Genealogical Value of Obituaries
Once you've read and reread the obituary and you've underlined the important
pieces of information, the next step is to organize the information in a way you
can access later and have a complete understanding of what it is you found
important. You can download forms for free that can help you research
genealogical clues from obituaries at Obituarieshelp.org
The first thing to do is copy down the information point by point. Then make
notes about each point.
Questions to ask yourself as you go through each point are:
What information does this clue provide?
What public or historical records exist that will provide further information?
Where can I find those records?
The notes you make about each point can be anything related to genealogy
Personal notes - maybe you were reminded about a conversation you had with a
relative about this point.
Family history notes - maybe another ancestor was a member of the same
Notes about what you'll want to research about this information - perhaps you
want to look up how long this person was a member of this organization.
Where records that expand on this information might exist - make notes as to
where you can find the answers to your questions.
Other notes might include tidbits of information from:
City business directory
Taking the time to go through obituaries carefully can go a long way to helping
you find clues to your family history and connecting you to your ancestors and
relatives. Names, places, and dates are just the starting point. There is so
much to learn from obituaries, but you have to read between the lines. Not all
the information will be there ready for you to see, you'll have to do a little
digging and a little research. Making notes and keeping your notes organized
will help you get the information you are looking for.
Beginners of family tree building wish there was a way for them to get a
genealogy search free, however, most software demos are really just small bites
of the real thing. Of course, no family tree tracing company would want to give
out their services for free. You can actually only enjoy a genealogy search free
online and offline if you do most of the legwork yourself. Even this can be time
and energy consuming if you don't know what to do. You can spend endless time
and effort just going over the same steps repeatedly without even realizing it.
It's ridiculous to enroll in genealogy courses just to make your family tree
building project possible. Thankfully, there's an ebook that can help you do
most of the legwork yourself even if you don't enroll in a specialized class.
The Kitchen Table Genealogist: How to Research and Build your Own Family Tree
can help you avoid the most common mistakes that most beginner researchers
commit while they're doing this project. The ebook lets you traverse the world
of genealogy with confidence, as if you've been doing it all your life.
Softwares aren't everything
While family tree building software programs may seem like easy solutions to
your genealogy problems, they're only part of the process. The truth is that
these software programs can only do so much. They can only explore records which
are made available through the internet, and while we would like to believe that
everything is encoded on cyberspace, this isn't true.
There are still a lot of old documents offline which can help speed up your
efforts if you know where to find them and how to use them. This ebook lets you
learn the ropes of decoding these offline documents like a pro. Who knows, once
you've successfully finished the project, you can even offer your services for a
lower price and gain leverage over expensive genealogy services in the market.
No wasted time on shipping
Since all the information you'll ever need is already on a soft copy, you won't
waste money and time on shipping anymore. You can reap the benefits of this
ebook even if you're halfway across the globe as long as you own an
internationally recognized credit card. There's also no risk of you buying a
useless ebook even if it's just a small amount of money. The author give you the
privilege of having your money back within 8 weeks for your purchase if you're
unhappy with the contents of the book.
Instant downloading program
If you're worried that your email will just bounce back the ebook, we can assure
you that the compression of the book allows for easy uploads and downloads. Of
course, the contents of the ebook are under copyright. You can learn from your
purchase, but you shouldn't try to promulgate copies without the author's
Easy file to keep
If you're researching from the library, you also won't need to worry about
lugging around a heavy manual about genealogy. All the information on this ebook
can be stored in your laptop. Everything is also highly comprehensive and easy
to read. You'll surely be able to understand how to use search engines when you
read this book even if you're entirely new with the information highway.
The Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(LDS) holds more than two million rolls of records in microfilms, 300 thousand
books, and 400 thousand microfiche. It also contains a complete collection of
manuscripts written to help people in their genealogical research, such as
family histories, indexes, local histories, and others.
These vast collections of genealogical materials cover most countries all over
the world including China, Chile, Hungary, and Netherlands although more
emphasis are given to America, Europe, Canada, and Great Britain. Researchers
are allowed to search for their ancestor's original records in their archives.
The library holdings for the United States contain records from numerous
courthouses all over the country as well as regional and state archives.
Moreover, the records of the 1790 to 1920 U.S. census are also included.
The Family History Library is popular for their excellent assistance and
extensive knowledge. The staff of the library helps people by answering their
question and guiding them through their library search. Other main sources
include the FamilySearch computerized system, likewise the inter-library loan
programs maintained by over two thousand branches of the Family History Center
all over the world.
The IGI (International Genealogical Index)
This index document births as well as marriages of deceased members of their
organization all over the world. It starts with the submission of initial
records from both non-members and members of the church. The IGI was launched by
the LDS church in 1969. Moreover, the temple records from pre-1970 were
extracted. The development of the Extraction Program was made to limit getting
records from church archives only. This program has more than 100 volunteers.
Some are traveling all over the world to film records. These records are then
transcribed by other volunteers on films.
The vital and parish records list published by the Family History Library
provide records which are extracted and then listed in the International
Genealogical Index from every geographical area as well as the time period, the
latest extracted records are also shown. The volunteers copy information of
births, christenings, and marriages of deceased individuals recorded in various
civil and church vital records, extraction of records does not only focus on the
members of LDS church or their ancestral lines.
There are more than 250 million names listed on the IGI. Many names are
extracted from records dated from the early 16th centuries to late 19th
centuries. The IGI however doesn't include every individual from any listed
country and the names of all individuals from index records.
But the names aren't limited to the persons related to the LDS members. The
accessibility of the IGI is open from the Family History Library and Family
History Center all over the country. It is also available at some main libraries
and genealogical societies. It is also accessible on a CD-ROM and microfiche.
Never expect that all extracted records listed on the IGI taken from original
ones are always accurate. The reliability may always vary. Moreover, the
possibility of finding incomplete records may be at stake. Sometimes you may get
records containing the dates and names only. The records that are complete are
those recorded prior to 1992. But still, the International Genealogical Index is
a great source of information.
The history of the "family tree" making dates back to centuries ago. The
inspiration for such, may in fact, have originated from the Bible, in books of
Exodus, Deuteronomy and Isaiah which points out to the lineage of Jesus Christ.
Then and now, it has been a seemingly noble and important part of one's being to
know and be familiar with his lineage. It is seemingly implied that this segment
of personal history is crucial and has great bearing. In the non-Biblical scene,
there are also records of "family trees" from ages ago. One is familiar to many
as Boccaccio's Genealogia deorum gentilium produced in the 1360s.
There is an indispensable importance set in the putting together of "family
trees." It sure preserves history and connection from generation to generation.
Hence, it is not surprising if one chooses to undertake the daunting task of
searching ancestral records, finding genealogical data and putting together a
"family tree" the most concrete product of the endeavor.
In order to facilitate such, apart from an able body and a great deal of
patience, one must be aided with the right materials, specifically genealogy
supplies. These supplies range from having the appropriate genealogy database
search engine (usually available in the internet), to utilizing the most
efficient family tree building software. Genealogy supplies may also refer to
atlases, county gazettes, census records, directories, criminal records,
military and/or naval records (Army or Navy Lists), Parish or church records and
school records. These are just some of the many genealogy supplies available in
the market, primarily aided by the internet.
There are more "spoon-feeding" materials to the highly-confused ancestral
information researcher. There are a number of genealogical books and software
available for purchase. Most often than not, they provide step-by-step
instruction on how to go about the search, information and guide on various
records' holders, down to the assistance on putting together the information,
even designing and printing of family trees. There are family tree makers and/or
family historian or build-a-family tree CDs or software available to anyone who
can afford it. There are also "novelty family tree-making" supplies such as
spring-back binders, archive storage folders, acid-free polypockets, hardbound
and softbound books related to genealogy such as Census the Expert Guide,
Encyclopedia of Genealogy, National Burial Index, amongst many others. There are
also blank family tree charts ready when the information is; or, family tree
printing services available to all.
The materials required in coming up with a "family tree" which is a good
memorabilia to pass down from one generation to the other, differs. It mainly
depends on the materials or information available. It likewise depends on the
financial resource available and the effort the producer is willing to invest.
Some people go to the extent of producing "digital memories" by coming up with
DVDs. Where as some prefer the plainness and novelty of putting together an
While assembling together the final product of the long project is most
exciting, it must not be forgotten that the great bulk of the task lies on
searching the data and materials to be used in one's family tree.
With hundreds of genealogy charts, websites, computer programs, databases and
subscription services, it can be intimidating to know where and how to begin a
genealogy search. There are sites online that provide birth, marriage and death
records and you can fill in the gaps with census records, military records,
county records and cemeteries. But where does one begin?
Follow these tips to get a head start on your family's history search.
1. Collect what you have
Before you leap into the mass of information available, collect and organize the
information you have. This includes birth and marriage certificates, wills,
maiden names, burial records and baptismal certificates.
2. Contact your current relatives
Once you have some information, contact your relatives and ask for any documents
or helpful information that they may be able to provide. Do they have copies of
birth certificates? Do they have contact information or knowledge of any family
To obtain birth certificates, marriage records and death certificates, you need
to know the mother's Maiden name and the county in which the event took place.
If you do not have this information, ask your relatives. Below are some
documents that may be useful to your research:
Documents that your relatives may have:
- Birth, death or marriage records
- Journals or diaries
- Family photo albums or bibles
Remember to contact both your close relatives as well as your distant relatives.
Another relative may have already started a genealogy search and then given
up--you might find a relative who is eager to help you with your family history
3. Begin the search!
You can find information online through a variety of websites. There are family
history websites and genealogical websites dedicated to family history, many of
which are subscription-based services. Expect to spend thirty or forty dollars
on these services. You may also want to look at websites that offer public
record information online for a nominal fee.
Records that may be available online:
- Census records
- Military records
- Hospital records
- Wills and deeds
- Emigration and immigration records
- Tip: Many databases online require a payment for their services. Before you
pay to use any service, do a quick online research to make sure the company is
reputable and safe.
University and state libraries are also great resources, as are family history
libraries. You may be able to find relevant newspaper articles, history books
that trace migrations, microfilms or records at these locations.
When conducting a family history search online or in the library, it is useful
to know the full name of any deceased relatives, as well as the county and state
where they are buried. Of course, this information may not be available at your
fingertips. Remember, don't get discouraged! Conducting a family history search
can be time-consuming, but overall it can be a very valuable and rewarding
experience. Don't be afraid to ask for help from your local librarian or your
relatives. They will likely be more than willing and happy to help. If you
stumble on an aspect of your search, you can also turn to the internet--there
are many discussion groups online that focus on genealogy.
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