8843Re: I need help
- Aug 1, 2008First of all, don't worry about spending any money, you will find
that you can research for free. Secondly, do a bit of research on
the methods of genealogy. Kimberly Powell over at about.com
(genealogy section) has a very good tutorial for beginners.
Familysearch.org has one as well. And I do believe there is a book
you can check out at the library called "Genealogy for Dummies".
Once you have written down all the information you know then you
start with the unknown. Use these resources in your research:
Federal Census(1790-1930)go to a library that has ancestry.com, all
you need is a library card OR locate a LDS(Mormans) center in your
town, you can order census film for a small fee(or they may have
certain years in their facility)) Familysearch.org has the 1880
census for free. The Mormans have the largest genealogy holdings in
the world. Learn how to use the federal census in your research,
there are books you can get from the library just on the federal
SSDI: The Social Security Death Index lists all deceased people who
were receiving benefits. Access this through rootsweb.com or
familysearch.org. The SSDI helps in determining date of death and
Ellis Island website has passenger lists if your ancestors were
Many libraries have extensive genealogy sections, most with a
genealogy society as well. They will help you get started.
Libraries have newspapers on microfilm if you need to find an obit
or death notice.
Volunteer websites: Rootsweb.com and USGENWEB.com Volunteers have
transcribed and contributed documents/research. RAOGK.org is a site
where people will look things up for you from their collection for
I could go on and on, but don't forget your most important resource,
your family. Start interviewing them and get copies of documents,
such as birth, death, marriage, baptismal certificates. Funeral
cards and obit clippings. Old photographs can be scanned and saved
to your computer.
And lastly, a word on organization, it is very important that you
develop a filing system. Usually a folder for each person and their
spouse is sufficient. I make a master folder for the surname I am
researching and then put my individual folders in the master
folder. My master folder also contains information on the location
I am researching. If all of your ancestors lived in Illinois, then
make a folder for all the resources available to you in Illinois as
well. There are many genealogical forms available for free on the
internet as well. These forms help organize your data:
Family Group Sheet
Good Luck and you can always post questions here when you need
help. You will find fellow researchers love helping others!
> I am trying to learn to do genealogy. I don't know what I am doing
> I have a very limited income that keeps me from signing up for the
> research places online. How do I do this with no money?
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