Ready to take an ancestry DNA test to better understand your family’s past, but aren’t sure which one to choose? You’re not alone. Several excellent DNA tests for genealogy purposes are now available for a reasonable cost, but picking the right one for you can be very confusing.
What are the differences between each DNA test and testing company? Which one will tell me where my family comes from? How accurate are the results? How can I use the information to grow [...]
Anyone who has researched their African American ancestors knows what a challenge it can be, but as interest in family history research continues to grow more and more free resources are available to help you on your quest.
If you are new to African American genealogy research, or have a hit a roadblock, we suggest that you take some time to read this very helpful guide from FamilySearch before going any further. It will walk you though research from 1870 forward. FamilySearch [...]
Genealogy research can be challenging enough, but moving beyond the borders of your own country to discover records in other nations can feel downright impossible at times. If you have European ancestry, one of the greatest challenges can simply be locating quality databases and resources that are affordable.
That’s why we’ve taken the time to build our free genealogy site finder, doGenealogy. doGenealogy lists [...]
One of the most common research mistakes that family historians make when building their tree (especially for the first time) is also one of the most limiting and potentially detrimental. We like to call it the Direct-Line Mistake, and its effect on your research outcomes is pretty huge.
The direct-line mistake can be defined as the act of researching and adding to your tree only those people who you descend from directly (ie grandparents and nobody else). Family historians do it [...]
Family Tree Maker (FTM) has been through more than a few twists and turns over the last year. In Dec 2015, Ancestry announced that it would no longer sell or support its popular genealogy program and many thought FTM was done for.
Shortly after, however, it was announced that Software MacKiev, the maker of Family Tree Maker’s Mac version, would be taking over the program. At the time MacKiev promised that they would provide a free update to the software to those with current [...]
Thank you to the family history research site Crestleaf for sharing this fun take on why people didn’t smile in old photographs.
Ever wonder why your ancestors aren’t grinning from ear to ear in those faded black and white family portraits? Though there are many speculations and theories as to why people donned such serious looks in photographs during the 19th century, we’ve decided to debunk the myths to provide you with the truth behind those stern stares.
We all know that we need to be careful when reading, using and recording information we find in the census. Whether it’s the US federal census, a state or local census, or a population register for another country — these records are notoriously inaccurate. Ages, name spellings, locations of birth, occupations — everything needs to be questioned and sourced.
However, because of their predictability and wide coverage, census records remain an invaluable tool for [...]
Over the last couple of years, Family History Daily has published numerous articles about where and how to locate free genealogy resources. And now, we’ve created a tool that makes finding these free family history research sites easier than ever.
We know that, while many of you use and appreciate paid sites, you also want to have easy access to no-cost alternatives. Additionally, many of the best records and resources on the web simply cannot be found on large paid sites. [...]
Looking for a totally free way to access a variety of paid genealogy records, like those provided by Ancestry or MyHeritage, from your own computer?
Well there’s good news, you most likely can. And you might be surprised to hear that the solution is probably only a few clicks away.
An increasing number of libraries are now providing access to genealogy resources free of charge. Many can be accessed directly on their websites — meaning that you can take advantage [...]