Re: [Genealogy Research Club] Need help! Re posting Tips
- I am reposing my tips from earlier I will soon be publishing these on my
Here are some good free or nearly free sites that I use all the time.
www.rootsweb.com Roots web
www.familysearch.org Latter Day Saints Genealogy site.
www.gencircles.com GEDCOM sharing site.
www.mytrees.com Subscription site but there are ways you can work for
research time without cash.
http://www.worldgenweb.org/ From here you can find the internet address
of any county that participates in the GenWeb project.
www.ancestry.com Yes this is a subscription service but if you use their
search engine it will let you look at a GEDCOM sharing database and the
Social Security Death index (USA) for free. They also offer a free
family tree software which I have used for over a year now without
This should help you get started. Now a couple of words of caution:
GEDCOMS are ** always ** considered **secondary sources**. This means
that the possibility for error is quite high. Use the information in
these as starting points for further research until you find ** primary
sources **. Primary sources are things like Census, Birth Certificates,
Marriage Licences and Marriage certificates, Death certificates,
Christening or Baptismal certificates or records. Maybe obits and maybe
cemetery marker. While all these have a much higher rate of being more
accurate then secondary, don't even consider them as "Sealed in cement.".
Mistakes can still occur and sometimes the people who filed out the
records had wrong information, no information, or out and out lied about
information to cover up a scandal. (Say it isn't so!) If while you are
going through GEDCOMS you find things that are incorrect about your
family in somebody else's GEDCOM please let them know, but do so gently.
The fastest way to get ignored by someone who has posted his/her GEDCOM
is to send a letter similar to this one:My great great grandaunt Sue Mae
was never married! How dare you put something on the internet about my
family without first checking the resources? The reason the info was
incorrect was because like me the person who had the wrong information
keeps an expanded family tree. When he finds a GEDCOM which contains a
family member he downloads the full GEDCOM and merges it with his own and
edits out the duplicates. The GEDCOM can grow to 35,000 to 50,000+
individuals. Would you like to verify all that data? So just let them
know great great grandaunt Sue Mae is in my family and was never married.
Sign up for e-mail Lists, you can find them surnames, or for locations.
**Very important** After signing up like you did for this list, take a
few days and read the messages that they send. It will not take long to
get a feel for the List's social norms. You will find that some are very
helpful people. You will find some, who love to torture newbes to the
list. You will find out what the list as a whole will tolerate and will
not tolerate. Then carefully post a hello message like the one you
posted to this list. Be aware however that there are some lists out
there that are just plain old clicks which do not tolerate new members,
un subscribe from them quickly, or you will lose sight of you genealogy
goals and just get into one flaming match after another. Lists are a
fantastic tool. Through lists I have located immediate ancestors and
even living relatives that I did not know about.
If you don't have research sources to be able to help others since the
group has helped you. Perhaps there are other talents and resources that
you do have that you can offer help. For example quite often I see
something like Non-Gen need computer help. Now I'm pretty handy with
a computer so I try to help out with these types of messages.
Hope some of this helps, and above all have fun!
Click on this link www.ancestry.com on the index page(first page) there
is a section labeled Build a Family Tree. Click on the link labeled FREE
Genealogy Software . Download run setup and that's all there is to it.
If you have questions about the program don't hesitate to send them to
me. I don't know all the answers, but I've been using the program for
over a year, I know my way around.
Here's things that will help a researcher know he has the right person.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Date of Death
Place of Death
Funeral date and Cemetery of Interment
Spouse (Maiden Name)
Place of Wedding
Spouse's Date and Place of Birth
Spouse's Date and Place of Death
Spouse's Funeral date and Cemetery of Interment
Names of children
Data like above
Name of Father
Data like above
Maiden Name of Mother
Data like above
The more of this information you can provide the easier it will be to
find them and insure that the person you are researching are the right
ones. When listing places if you know it the Name of County is crucial
because all census are done by county. Speaking of Census here are a few
sources for **Free Census ** if you find this helpful please sign up to
be a volunteer transcriber. The more people transcribing the faster we
will have all of the US Census available free and not have to pay
US GenWeb had a census project in which volunteers (Like myself)
transcribe census images into text files which are posted on the web for
free viewing. This project is **far** from complete, but it's worth a
look. Keep coming back to it because it is updated every week. The
national project manager was the only one preparing the files for
uploading and she had some family emergencies last year and a back log
got created. Now there are other people assisting her and the backlog is
starting to get cleared up. One other link:
This is also part of the US GenWeb project and is where volunteers look
to see what counties are available for transcription. If you choose a
state and a year (census are taken in the US every 10 years in the year
ending with a 0, Canada and UK is every 10 years ending in 1) it will
show you a chart of counties. Look in the "links" column. Some of the
companies which sell census CDs donate low resolution images of census.
If there are some for the county and year that you are looking for there
will be a link in that column. These images can be downloaded to your
hard drive by right clicking on the link and clicking on "Save Picture
As..." in the pop-up menu.
><>Forrest Plumstead<>< San Antonio, TX, USAhttp://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~fplum/
On Sat, 12 Apr 2003 00:44:32 -0000 "gfallo1954" <gfallo1954@...>
I'm new to this and was wondering if there are any sites or ways to find
out about your genealogy. Most of the sites are not free. Are
there any good free ones? Any help would be appreciated.
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