I think there are several things that people need to think about
before paying money and in starting their research.
1. You need to start with yourself and work backwards. Starting with
someone who you believe is your ancestor may turn out to be someone
2. When finding info on the web you need to find out what the source
is. Most info will only be clues but will have no standard of proof.
Thanks to some great folks though more and more actual documents are
making their way online.
3. What genealogical societies can you join? Most societies are
fairly inexpensive to join and have access to certain databases online
from home. For instance, the Ohio Genealogical Society allows members
to access their database and Heritage Quest from home. You just have
to have your member number.
4. Have you checked out http://www.usgenweb.com
This is a state
database that are run by state first, then by county. Some counties
have alot of info on them from transcribing from books in the county
library. Others only have links. The site is only as good as the
volunteers that help in that county. They also have a list of people
who are willing to look things up in the books that they own.
5. Have you searched the websites for local genealogical and
historical societies? They can also hold a ton of facutal info. The
Library of Congress is also in the process of scanning all their books
and putting them online. With new info being added daily. This is
the case with many locations. Some states even have birth, death, and
marriage records online already.
6. Are you someone who has time to go to the local library? Most
local libraries have access to ancestry.com from their computers.
Some have access to other databases from home using your library card
to access the data.
7. If you are someone who money is not a factor, then sure go ahead
and get a subscription. If you, on the other hand, are concerned
about the money spent, then I would suggest going to your local LDS
library which has complete access or to your local
library/genealogical library to try out the different sites and see if
they would have enough data on your ancestors to make it worthwhile.
Some people will find lots of info on their family and some will not.
Just remember that there are alot of free sites that do offer valuable
info. You just have to look for them. Some are listed at
Others can be found from
or from their local/state genealogical
website. Googling or Yahooing also helps alot.
I hope that this has helped some of you. Any questions, don't
hesitate to ask.
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